Come and explore our Loch Ness and Inverness Gardens
At this time of year Inverness and Loch Ness look lush and green and our gardens are at their best with amazing displays of colourful flowers and hardy Highland plants.
Green-fingered visitors are spoilt for choice when looking for gardens to visit in our area.
Cawdor Castle Gardens
For beautiful, formal gardens including a maze, hidden fountains and woodland walks, look no further than the gardens of Cawdor Castle between Inverness and Nairn. Cawdor Castle itself is a must-see visitor attractions, but the amazing gardens make it even more special. You can spend hours wandering around the trails and exploring the different areas of the gardens or just relax on a bench under one of the grand, ancient trees… Over the summer months, don’t miss the open air plays that are staged in the castle grounds – bring a picnic and enjoy classic Shakespeare or a modern, family-friendly play.
For a different garden experience that will introduce you to local plants and flowers in a beautiful woodland setting with views over Loch Ness, head for Abriachan Nurseries on the shores of the famous Loch! You will find a mix of native and exotic plants that you can take home with you – if you don’t live too far away, of course… This garden has a wilder feel to it, fitting for the wild landscape of the Highlands!
Inverness Botanic Gardens
The good news for garden lovers is that there is something to see in Inverness and Loch Ness all year round, not just over the summer. If you’re visiting in autumn or winter, a visit to Inverness Botanic Gardens is a must. You can wander around the beautiful greenhouses including a cosy, warm cactus house and stop for a coffee in Cobbs café – and even better, entry is completely free!
This summer, Inverness Botanic Gardens hosts the first ever Highland Garden Fest, a celebration of everything “garden” with fun for all the family… It’s a free event for all ages – come along to enjoy outdoor activities for kids, find out about bee-keeping or creating a garden pond or get advice on how to make the most of your allotment.