Castle Kennedy Gardens
Castle Kennedy Gardens
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Set on 75 acres and offers 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. 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. 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 monthly guided walks which follow a theme, pop-up evening events to open-air theatre productions. The Tea Room and Shop offers a selection of seasonal, local, home-baked foods and Scottish-made items that are ideal for souvenirs or gifts
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Remy58
    Newmilns, United Kingdom12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful walled garden
    Outstandingly beautiful walled gardens in a lovely setting. Gorgeous loch walk with delightful views and wild life. One downside is lack of seating areas to enjoy the views, we would have spent much longer if these were provided !
    Thanks so much for the feedback. We have more benches out in the Gardens now and hope you return soon.
    Written 23 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • 123colin
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom179 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil
    What a wonderful and tranquil garden. The variety of plants is amazing especially in the walled garden and the colours truly spectacular. Wonderful walks and amazing scenery. Lovely café with excellent staff and friendly service very good choice and value for money
    We appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback. Thanks for choosing to visit this wonderful Scottish treasure.
    Written 23 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Almac
    South of Scotland, United Kingdom63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a Beautiful Day
    A trip to Castle Kennedy Gardens is always a joy, whatever time of year. There are two castles, one ruined, one still occupied (by the Earl of Stair and his wife), two large lochs, the Black Loch and the White Loch, a walled garden and a variety of trails. The cafe has upped its game recently, serves delicious snacks and now caters for varied dietary requirements. The Gardens have also reversed their Unisex toilets policy and thankfully returned to separate Gents and Ladies toilets. There is also a small, but generally well stocked plant centre which, I think, includes plants grown on site. Our latest trip was on a glorious day, 1 October, the sun was shining, there was a nip in the air, no wind meant that both lochs were like millponds (albeit very large millponds). We enjoyed our leisurely stroll round the Black Loch and ended up back in the coffee where I enjoyed the biggest and most delicious piece of homemade Cheese and Cauliflower Quiche I have seen in a long time. Looking forward to returning this month for the Halloween Spooktacular !
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 October 2023
  • michbelle82
    North Berwick, United Kingdom121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful park
    Unexpected gem of a place and dog friendly. There is a lovely cafe on site and it takes about two hours to walk the grounds that are beautifully kept. The highlights include the ruin castle, the seasonal pumpkin trail, the beautiful loch and charming country house.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Purple C
    Scotland, United Kingdom16,215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Castle Kennedy Gardens, a tropical paradise in Stranraer. 5 Stars! 🌟
    I can't big this place up enough. Castle Kennedy Gardens in Stranraer exceeded my expectations by some margin, helped no doubt by the warm tropical climate and carpets of bluebells and wild garlic in every corner of the shaded woodlands. It's a bird spotters paradise with hides for viewing. There are otters, red squirrels and deer too if your quiet and lucky. Take a picnic or visit the tea room which serves the best homemade chocolate chip cookie I have ever tasted. There's a plant sale area next to the tea room which is worth a look if you're a keen gardener. I'll definitely be back to see what the extensive gardens look like in another season. Spring is divine. Highly recommended. I hope this was helpful. I'll attach some photos. 😊
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2024
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Purple C
Scotland, UK16,215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I can't big this place up enough. Castle Kennedy Gardens in Stranraer exceeded my expectations by some margin, helped no doubt by the warm tropical climate and carpets of bluebells and wild garlic in every corner of the shaded woodlands.

It's a bird spotters paradise with hides for viewing. There are otters, red squirrels and deer too if your quiet and lucky.

Take a picnic or visit the tea room which serves the best homemade chocolate chip cookie I have ever tasted. There's a plant sale area next to the tea room which is worth a look if you're a keen gardener.

I'll definitely be back to see what the extensive gardens look like in another season. Spring is divine. Highly recommended. I hope this was helpful. I'll attach some photos. 😊
Written 15 May 2024
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michbelle82
North Berwick, UK121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Unexpected gem of a place and dog friendly. There is a lovely cafe on site and it takes about two hours to walk the grounds that are beautifully kept. The highlights include the ruin castle, the seasonal pumpkin trail, the beautiful loch and charming country house.
Written 31 October 2023
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Almac
South of Scotland, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A trip to Castle Kennedy Gardens is always a joy, whatever time of year. There are two castles, one ruined, one still occupied (by the Earl of Stair and his wife), two large lochs, the Black Loch and the White Loch, a walled garden and a variety of trails. The cafe has upped its game recently, serves delicious snacks and now caters for varied dietary requirements. The Gardens have also reversed their Unisex toilets policy and thankfully returned to separate Gents and Ladies toilets. There is also a small, but generally well stocked plant centre which, I think, includes plants grown on site. Our latest trip was on a glorious day, 1 October, the sun was shining, there was a nip in the air, no wind meant that both lochs were like millponds (albeit very large millponds). We enjoyed our leisurely stroll round the Black Loch and ended up back in the coffee where I enjoyed the biggest and most delicious piece of homemade Cheese and Cauliflower Quiche I have seen in a long time. Looking forward to returning this month for the Halloween Spooktacular !
Written 16 October 2023
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An_Old_Burian
Norwich, UK1,328 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The gardens are lovely and offer plenty of scope for some interesting walks, although more directional signs would be beneficial. Unfortunately we found the food offerings in the cafe to be of poor quality and rather tasteless
Written 24 September 2023
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John M
Innerleithen, UK181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
What a truly marvellous place this is, lots to see and do and if your a walker you will be in heaven, take a packed lunch and just explore the day away.
Written 13 August 2023
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Picnics are one of the most popular ways people explore our vast Gardens. You can now pre-order hampers in advance for collection on arrival to make it even easier and enjoyable.
Written 24 August 2023
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Wander792186
Durham, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is an absolutely fantastic place. It has the most amazing walled garden with a lovely range of flowers. The walks are super and I couldn't believe how quiet it was. I only wish we lived closer so we could visit again. We didn't visit the coffee shop so can't comment but it looked
busy.
Written 6 August 2023
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Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback and choosing to visit our Gardens.
Written 23 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

david n
Manchester, UK4,677 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
Just great gardens and surrounding arboretum so so large. The two lochs add to the vast scale of this place. Still plenty of colour to be enjoyed. Well worth a visit !
Written 3 August 2023
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We are thrilled you had such a wonderful visit.
Written 23 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The gardens are lovely and plenty of them to explore, its worth visiting but the cafe was a waste of money, my tomato/mozzarella panini was more like a pesto only panini, with hardly any mozzarella or tomato, they forgot about one of our orders and came late while we had almost finished the other plates, the cajun wraps were cold, not toasted and no salad dressing on the little amount of salad we did have, I had to fill my panini up with the salad to break the pesto flavour up.
I wouldn't recommend the cafe!
The gardens are dog friendly unlike the logan gardens but carpark is fairly small and the only toilets are in the carpark so you would have miles to walk if you were in the opposite direction.
Written 17 July 2023
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Thank you for your feedback. I have let the Tea Room staff know about the experience so they could improve the experience.
Written 23 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Susan J
Kendal, UK121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Castle Kennedy has a wonderful walled garden, with a great variety of plants, managed woodland areas with trails to follow and some superb trees.
Written 15 July 2023
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Thanks for leaving us some great feedback. It's appreciated.
Written 23 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Kirsty H
Harrogate, UK44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Beautiful grounds to ample around plus at the end of your walk you can enjoy a delicious slice of homemade cake and a cuppa
Lots to explore and trails to follow.
Dogs welcome.
Friendly, welcoming staff.
Well stocked plant shop and gift shop.
Written 7 July 2023
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We are thrilled you had a great day when visiting us. Thanks so much.
Written 23 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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