Welcome to the homepage for Castle Kennedy Gardens, a part of Stair Estates, located in the South West corner of Scotland.

This part of Scotland is surrounded on three sides by the sea, and the influence of the Gulf Stream provides a micro climate not found in many other parts of the United Kingdom.

The gardens are extensively landscaped with terraces, mounds and avenues, all of which were created by men and horses, and extend to more than 30 hectares. I hope you will enjoy using this site, and that you will find the gardens interesting. You may even wish to plan a visit to the gardens when you are next in the South West of Scotland.

Please visit our shop where you will find a selection of plants that we would like to recommend with guidance for planting. Many of the plants on offer have been grown by us from seed collected in the garden, and possibly from stock brought to this country over one hundred years ago.


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Castle Kennedy Gardens are open daily from
1st April – 31st October, 10am – 5pm. 

Admission Charges

Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £3.50
Children (up to 18): £1.50
Disabled: Free
Children under 3: Free

Enjoy delicious home-baking and light lunches of soup, sandwiches, baked potatoes and Panini’s in the Tearoom.
The Gift Shop and Plant Centre are also open for business.

A full programme of events takes place in the Gardens throughout the season including regular Sunday adventures with the new Garden Ranger. 

For further information, or to request an event leaflet visit www.castlekennedygardens.co.uk or contact Marketing department at 01776 702 024

Media Articles

Castle Kennedy Gardens - April 2012 - Dumfries and Galloway Life
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‘The historic grounds at Castle Kennedy in Dumfries are yielding up their secrets to a new generation of garden enthusiasts.’
The Scotsman, 5th April, 2008

‘Riches and Ruins. The gardens at Castle Kennedy – laid out dramatically on an isthmus between the remains of the original castle and its nineteenth century replacement – have a rich history of horticultural development, continued to this day by the family which lives there’. House and Gardens July, 2008
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Castle Kennedy Gardens
75 acres of paradise - Open daily until 31st October

Castle kennedy Gardens
Plant Centre, Gift Shop and charming Tearoom
are now open to visitors from 10am until 5pm every day. We invite you and all your family to come along and discover the delights of our unique garden - a hidden treasure in Scotland's South West.

Easter 2014 - so much to enjoy!
Spectacular Lochside Daffodil Walks


Our daffodils really are something very special indeed. You've still time to catch them in all their cheerful glory while our famous rhododendrons - many very rare varieties - are just beginning to burst into bloom. As Easter approaches there is so much to enjoy whether your preference is for woodland, wild or walled!

Easter Egg Trail
Saturday 5th April to Monday 21st April 2014

easter bunny

Easter just wouldn't be Easter without bunnies, eggs and yes - chocolate! We'll have them all at Castle Kennedy Gardens as we launch our famous, exciting annual Easter Egg Bonanza - a real treasure trail with clues for all the family - kicking off on Sat 5th April and running all the way through to 21st April.

Free Tickets and lots of chocolate!
Explore our gardens and complete the Easter Egg trail form to win a chocolate Easter Egg prize. Completed trails entered into a draw could win a family ticket four to see a truly stunning performance of Roald Dahl's 'George's Marvellous Medicine' at our Open Air Theatre on Wed 23rd July. Collect trail entry form from the Tearoom. Cost: £2.00 per trail plus admissions to the Gardens

2014 Activities and Events

Please ring marketing on 01776 702024 ext 2
or email enquiries for further information.