Monday 17th March 2014
|Dates||Open Daily 7 April to 31 August 2014|
On occasional dates throughout the season there will be no access to the house, due to special events.
Dates on which the house will be closed are as follows:
12th & 19th April
2nd, 3rd, 4th, 24th & 25th May
14th, 27th & 28th June
2nd, 7th, 9th & 30th August
«'Policies' is a peculiarly Scottish word which refers to the pleasure grounds around a mansion. »Did You Know?
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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.