Culzean House

Benmore Gardens

Christmas at Culzean

Christmas at Culzean

Culzean is perfect for Christmas with friends and family more>

Beautiful setting, superb accommodation & facilities and a fantasic base for exploring the Cowal Peninsula. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be spreading the word. Many thanks!

The Wilkes & Lamont families

 Benmore Botanic Garden

In a magnificent mountainside setting on the Cowal Peninsula lies Benmore, an enchanting Garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery. Benmore's 120 acres boast over 300 species of rhododendron; Bhutanese and Chilean plantings and a spectacular avenue of Giant Redwoods.

Benmore Botanical Gardens

Benmore Botanic Garden in its majestic mountain setting is a vital link to disappearing wilderness.

Visitors enter the Garden through the great Redwood Avenue planted in 1863 by Piers Patrick, a wealthy American who had bought the estate the year before.

Another popular feature of the Garden is Puck's Hut which celebrates the memory of Isaac Bayley Balfour. He was Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh from 1888 to 1922 and it was he who first thought of creating a west coast botanic garden.

Benmore GardenThe wooden hut designed by Robert Lorimer and tiled in red cedar can be found at the head of the Formal Garden. 

A much photographed feature is the bronze statue 'A boy with two dolphins' which dates back to 1875 and is a legacy of James Duncan, a Greenock sugar refiner, who took over the house in 1870.

Benmore's wealth of flowering trees and shrubs, including over 300 species of rhododendron and over a third of the world's winter hardy conifer species, ensures that there is something of interest all year round.

Contact Benmore Botanic Garden on +44 (0) 1369 706 261

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Opening times: Open daily 1 March to 31 October from 10am

Closing: 5pm March | 6pm April to September | 5pm October

Benmore Garden formal garden

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