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Dates Open 29 March 2015 – 4 October 2015
«'Policies' is a peculiarly Scottish word which refers to the pleasure grounds around a mansion. »
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Mount Stuart

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Wildflower meadows and a distinctly west-coast shoreline wilderness provide an apt contrast to the carefully composed beauty of our lawns and gardens. The lower policies can be explored from the shore walk, leading you through a mixture of both broadleaf and conifer, indigenous and international trees.

'Policies' is a peculiarly Scottish word meaning the 'pleasure grounds around a mansion'. At Mount Stuart, it describes the wooded areas stretching away along the drive and Forty-Five Avenue down towards the Firth of Clyde; the very first part of the gardens laid out when the 2nd Earl moved from Rothesay.

Each year, the trees give shelter to carpets of vivid daffodils, followed by prolific bluebells. Architectural features too can be found dotted around woodland walks - from the coastal village of Kerrycroy to Augusta's column; a striking dedication to the Dowager Princess of Wales.

Plants are available for purchase direct from the Gardens between 9am and 4pm Monday to Thursday and between 9am and 3pm on Fridays.  Customers can ring the Gardens on 502016 for details of what is available and prices.

Customers can place orders for fruit and vegetables, when available in season, by ringing the Gardens’ office.  Orders will then be delivered twice weekly (Tuesday and Friday) to Ritchies for collection by customers.  Details of produce and price list available from Ritchies.