Glorious gardens on the Isle of Bute

02nd July 2019

Glorious gardens on the Isle of Bute

The gardens on Bute have something to delight every taste. Visitors to Bute will be thrilled to observe Scottish gardening at its most diverse and finest on one island. Here are some of our top garden picks for the island.

Mount Stuart

With three distinct gardens, including; The Wee Garden, The Kitchen Garden, and The Rock Garden, Mount Stuart is home to a spectacular collection of native and exotic flora.

Ardencraig Gardens

Often described as having the “best display of summer bedding anywhere in Scotland”. These beautiful walled gardens and glasshouses are at their finest in July & August. There are a number of aviaries housing a range of exotic bird species which prove very popular with visiting children. Find them at Craigmore.

Ascog Hall Gardens and Victorian Fernery

The nurturing climate of the warm Gulf Stream provides excellent growing conditions for a plethora of native and exotic perennials and many rarely seen shrubs and trees in Ascog Hall’s sheltered garden. Originally designed by Edward La Trobe Bateman in 1870, The garden is divided into ‘rooms’ providing colour and interest throughout the season. The botanical year starts with blue bell and wild garlic, candelabra primulas, snakeshead fritillaries and meconopsis while a diversity of rhododendrons and azaleas offer an eye catching display of colour in May and June. Visit Ascog.