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Mount Stuart House & Gardens

Huge and verdant gardens on a Scottish island.

Wee garden with ferns and rocks at Mount Stuart
Wee garden with ferns and rocks at Mount Stuart

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About the garden

The extensive gardens at Mount Stuart extend over 300 acres, with globally significant plant and tree collections that will delight and inspire visitors to this beautiful Scottish island. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Firth of Clyde, the spring blossoms of Rhododendrons and Magnolias add extra sparkle to the grounds, which stretch all the way down to the shoreline.

Established over a number of centuries by the Bute family, the collection of plants here is quite remarkable, including a rock garden from the landscape designer Thomas Mawson and the arboretum - an outstanding collection of over 800 towering conifers. At ground level, exotic tropical plant life is surprisingly abundant, and autumn visitors will love the maple and birch trees, which glow gold in the late afternoon sunlight.

If you’re visiting the estate, you really won’t want to miss visiting the house itself, which is a marvellous melange of architectural styles - a sort of gothic palace. There’s also a handy courtyard cafe for visitors who are looking for a bite to eat after exploring the enormous grounds.

Opening times

From 1 May Friday - Monday 10:30AM - 4:30PM Pre-booking required.

Useful details

Garden area

300 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Yes - You can lock up your bike.

Wheelchair access

Mostly accessible (many paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Argyll and Bute, PA20 9LR

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Mount Stuart House & Gardens
Argyll and Bute
PA20 9LR
Sat Nav Postcode
PA20 9LR
Public Transport
Yes, a bus runs from the main town directly to Mount Stuart.
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Contact the garden

01700 503877

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