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Castle Kennedy Gardens

Castle Kennedy Village, Stranraer DG9 8SJ, Scotland
+44 1776 702024
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Amazing place to visit for young and old alike

We are on holiday in Galloway with our two young grandchildren and visited Castle Kennedy for the... read more

Reviewed today
Maccvisitor
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
Really pleasant couple of hours with children and dogs.

We've visited Castle Kennedy Gardens a couple of times. The gardens are lovely with a family... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Welcome to Castle Kennedy Gardens, one of Scotland’s finest gardens, set in 75 acres and offering something for everyone to enjoy. From stunning fauna, to beautiful scenery, sculptured landforms, magnificent walks and popular bird hides, the Gardens are a hidden treasure in South West Scotland and a perfect haven for relaxing and exploring. The gardens and neighbouring Lochinch Castle also host civil and religious weddings and between them offer a diverse range of beautiful wedding venues for ceremonies and celebrations. We have a number of luxurious self-catering holiday cottages too for couples and families which are open for bookings throughout the year. Family home to the 14th Earl and Countess of Stair, the Gardens were the inspiration of the 2nd Earl of Stair in the 1730’s and are famous for colourful displays of Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Embothriums, many rare and exotic plants, 21 Champion Trees and a number of spectacular avenues and the romantic ruins of 16th Century Castle Kennedy. An elaborate series of terraces and land sculptures can be found throughout the Gardens forming stunning patterns of curves and banks. Despite their contemporary look and feel these were constructed in the 1730’s using men with carts and horse drawn equipment to move and mould the landscape. The stunning Avenues in the Gardens were originally planted with specimen seeds given by famous botanical explorer Joseph Hooker. Each Avenue was planted with a single type of tree, many of which can still be seen today. These include the 150 year old Monkey Puzzle Avenue, the Thuja Avenue and the Dettingen Avenue which is lined with evergreen oaks. The beautiful two acre Circular Pond filled with rare Victorian water lilies is also a highlight. Our charming Tea Room is the perfect place to enjoy a light meal of sandwiches, soup, baked potatoes, hot drinks, delicious home-baking and tasty children’s menu. Access to the Tea Room only is available without paying admission to the Gardens, making it an ideal journey break or unique location for a business or social lunch. This year we continue to enhance your visit to our Gardens with a wide range of events and activities for the whole family. These include weekly Ranger Activities which follow a monthly theme and our regular guided garden walks. And the romantic ruins of 16th Century Castle Kennedy provide a stunning backdrop to open air theatre productions. We hope you find a special event of interest to you and your family and enjoy your time in the Gardens.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
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“walled garden” (46 reviews)
“lily pond” (15 reviews)
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Castle Kennedy Village, Stranraer DG9 8SJ, Scotland
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+44 1776 702024

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Reviewed today

We are on holiday in Galloway with our two young grandchildren and visited Castle Kennedy for the first time yesterday. We were overwhelmed by how beautiful it is. The gardens are stunning and equally so the tree-lined walks. I've never seen such an enormous lily...More

Thank Maccvisitor
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We've visited Castle Kennedy Gardens a couple of times. The gardens are lovely with a family trail to do to keep the children entertained. There is a really tasty tea room which serves sandwiches and cakes etc. The views of the lochs are stunning. I...More

1  Thank Rosemary3012
Emily S, Owner at Castle Kennedy Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your lovely review of Castle Kennedy Gardens and for awarding them five stars. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the family trail, as well as the tearoom. We hope you, your family and the dog will visit us again soon.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited with my daughter (just becoming a teenager) and my elderly in-laws, all who enjoyed the few hours we spent there. Also indulged in coffee and cake which tasted homemade, very nice too.

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Emily S, Owner at Castle Kennedy Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your kind review of the Gardens. We are pleased to be able to let you know that all the food, including the home-baking, is home made. We very much hope that you will be able to visit us again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friendly staff Be sure to check out the walled gardens Children entertained for hours by flowers/trees/hills/guided walks/lily pond Shame the dogs could not be let off the lead, but there were wild pheasants etc roaming...More

Thank Charlotte C
Emily S, Owner at Castle Kennedy Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your kind review of the Gardens. We are particularly pleased to know that you and the children were entertained for hours. We are extremely dog friendly, and welcome all well behaved dogs on leads. Unfortunately due to the wildlife and close proximity...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a beautiful place to visit. Well tended gardens, deer, kingfishers, stunning landscapes and an amazing lily pond. The lady in the ticket room/ gift shop was very friendly and informative. A real credit to the team. My friend and I enjoyed visiting the gardens...More

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Emily S, Owner at Castle Kennedy Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are thrilled with the wonderful review and detailed description you gave of Castle Kennedy Gardens. Thank you for taking the time to do this. We will make sure that your kind comments are passed onto the team. We very much hope that you will...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fabulous experience!! The grounds are truly magnificent. The lady at the entrance is super friendly and informative.More

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Emily S, Owner at Castle Kennedy Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your very kind review of the Gardens and for awarding them five stars. We will make sure that your comments are passed on to the lady at the entrance who will be thrilled to receive your feedback. We hope you will visit...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was on way home after staying nearby and popped in and glad we did for the money you pay you can easily spend a good few hours

Thank karen0603
Emily S, Owner at Castle Kennedy Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your nice review of the Gardens.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Though we were too late to see the rhododendrons in flower except for one or two but there were some magnificent tree lines walks. The walled gardens were lovely and we enjoyed coffee sitting out.

Thank Anita C
Emily S, Owner at Castle Kennedy Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to review the Gardens. We are pleased that you enjoyed them so much, and hope you will be able to return again when the rhododendrons are in full flower.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There is so much to see here and so well maintained. We liked the walk along the black loch in particular, very relaxing.

Thank Peter B
Emily S, Owner at Castle Kennedy Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review of the Gardens.

Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a garden that has everything, a walled garden in full bloom with many interesting plants that are well maintained. They are also named which helps to avoid a lot of head scratching trying to decide on their names.The variety of plants was also...More

Thank Heather R
Emily S, Owner at Castle Kennedy Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are delighted with your detailed review of the Gardens, and that you enjoyed the variety of plants and trees that we are able to grow. Thank you for awarding them five stars.

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Allison Y
16 July 2017|
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Response from HOLLY18Lancashire | Reviewed this property |
Hi Alison, I think you can just go into the cafe, but you would be missing a treat if you didn't have a stroll round the gardens!
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alexanderaird
14 June 2015|
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Response from Emily S | Property representative |
We welcome all dogs and dog owners at Castle Kennedy Gardens, as long as the dogs are well behaved and on leads. There are no restrictions as to where you can go, although we prefer dogs not to go into the tearoom.
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