Castle Kennedy Gardens in South West Scotland rank among the most spectacular Gardens in the country. From beautiful scenery, magnificent rhododendrons, sculpted landforms, stunning fauna, magnificent walks, popular bird hides and a fun, inventive programme of events for all the family throughout the season, the gardens provide a perfect haven for relaxing and exploring.

The Gardens, part of Stair Estates, they are surrounded on three sides by the sea and benefit from the warmth of the Gulf Stream which provides a micro-climate not found in many parts of the UK. They are famous for colourful displays of Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Embothriums, many rare and exotic plants, 20 Champion Trees, (that's oldest, tallest, most impressive!),and of course the romantic ruins of 16th century Castle Kennedy itself.

Stop Press... Summer Arts Festival 2014 -postponed until 2015 due to date clash.

A Garden for All to Enjoy

As summer 2014 unfolds why not come along and discover all our hidden treasures for yourself?

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


Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £4.00
Children: £1.50
Disabled: Free
Families (2 adults and 2 children): £11.00
Friends of the Gardens: Free
Discounts available for Groups
We are dog-friendly too...

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Did you know that we're on Facebook and Twitter now too? Why not like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter? If you come to the Gardens let us know, send us your pics and tell us what you saw or what you did. We'd love to hear from you!

Tea Room and Shop

Our charming Tea Room is the perfect place
to enjoy a light meal of sandwiches,
soup, baked potatoes, hot drinks,
delicious home-baking and a tasty children's menu.

And don't forget.... You don't have to visit the gardens to visit our Tea Room. With Wi FI recently installed it's the perfect place to enjoy a business or social lunch with friends or to break a long journey.

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 or contact Marketing department at 01776 702 024

What they say

Dumfries and Galloway Life
‘One of the most magnificently sited, strikingly designed and luxuriantly planted gardens in the whole country‘
Click here to read the article

The Scotsman
‘The historic grounds at Castle Kennedy in Dumfries are yielding up their secrets to a new generation of garden enthusiasts.’
Click here to read the article.

House and Gardens
‘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
Click here to read the article.


Coming very soon!

Open Air Theatre:
Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte,
Friday 8 August, 7pm
Click here for more

Summer 2014 is now upon us!



Woodland, Wild or Walled

There are so many different ways to spend time at Castle Kennedy Gardens. The choice is yours: peruse our plants, delight in our ravishing views, stroll through our woodland, stride out round the lochs or simply take time to appreciate the planting skills that have over the years created such a wonderful plethora of colours and textures for you to savour.


With summer now upon us our Head Gardener John MacArthur of that Ilk has completed the summer planting in the Walled Garden, so lots happening there. Meanwhile our remarkable Chilean Fire Bushes are certainly adding a touch of spice


We've an action packed Events' Programme too with a creative range of interesting events for all the family. Pond Dipping, Bug Hunting, Bird Hiding and Mini-Beast Adventures as well as varied Guided Walks a new Photo Safari with a brand new CAMERA as a prize and Open Air Theatre too!


Win a Camera!


Win a brand new camera and a book of your own's how

Join our Garden Ranger, Alastair Clark on a Photosafari, where you have to hunt the locations and take the shots! Navigation can be by map, compass or gps. All you need to bring is yourself and some kind of camera. You can also take part in the day by yourself. You just need to pick up a free map at the entrance. Send us your images to enter the competition and we will post them on our Facebook page. There are 5 Photosafari days this year. Winner will be selected after the final day. Photosafari's will take place twice daily
on the following dates:
Sunday 29th June, Sunday 31st July, Sunday 31st August and Sunday 28th September.
There is no charge for this activity apart from our usual entry fee.

Overall Winner of Entire Competition wins a Camera
Click here for full competition details.

2014 Activities and Events

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