Gardens to visit in Scotland


National Trust Scotland

Whether you are resident in Scotland or wish to visit, National Trust Scotland is great value for money, membership allows you to visit these wonderful properties, gardens and natural areas.

National Trust Scotland is the largest member organisation in Scotland. They are a conservation charity, and are funded mainly by donations.

Since 1931 they have worked hard to protect the buildings, spaces and natural beauty spots that make Scotland special and that we all enjoy visiting. Their portfolio of Gardens to visit in Scotland is most impressive and includes royal palace gardens and some lesser known destinations.

Be inspired with walks along coastlines to castles, antiques and architecture and most importantly wildlife and its wilderness habitats.

Scotland heritage is important and the National Trust do a fantastic job of ensuring that our heritage is maintained and accessible to anyone who wishes to visit.

The Trust endeavours to keep the countryside unspoilt, and beautiful for now and to inspire and engage future generations.

For me, of all the great work that National Trust Scotland does, it is the love and care that goes into maintaining Scotland’s gardens that I can most admire.

National Trust Scotland Gardens

The Trust is the largest garden owner in Scotland, caring for and managing 38 garden landmarks. When visiting a Trust garden, you can enjoy some incredibly beautiful spaces, as well as learning the history and stories of some of Scotland’s horticultural pioneers

With properties from Inverewe in the north to Broughton House in the south, and from Crarae in the west to House of Dun in the east, the Trust’s gardens and parks are diverse and fascinating.

  •  38 gardens and landscapes.
  • Every style of Scottish garden is represented from the late medieval kitchen gardens, to Georgian extravagance, and a modern plantsman’s garden at Greenbank in Glasgow.
  • 30 walled/contained period gardens.
  • 70 full-time professional gardeners employees in 2017.
  • World respected Horticulturalists work in the gardens. Garden staff also pass on their skills and experience to future generations of gardeners through the Trusts training and education schemes.
  • Helped by over 300 volunteer gardeners, who are willing to work in the gardens keeping them maintained and looking lovely for you to visit.
  • There’s always something to see or do, no matter what the season.
  • Seasonal garden guide.

All the gardens, of which there are many differing styles and designs benefit from Scotland’s heritage of plant hunters, and the Trust still grows some of their original plant introductions. Many of the gardens house important plant collections such as the Meconopsis collection at Branklyn Gardens.

Check out my article on Branklyn Gardens and Falkland Palace Gardens, two beautiful, unique and interesting Perth gardens.


What Does National Trust Scotland Do?

As well as the garden properties that are owned by the Trust, they also keep many other properties in all areas for you to explore and enjoy when you visit Scotland.

These include:

  • Archeology
  • Buildings
  • Countryside
  • Wildlife
  • History
  • Collections

Membership includes

  • Free entry to all National Trust for Scotland places
  • Worldwide access
  • Free or Concessionary entry to National Trust properties worldwide
  • including England, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Subscription magazine
  • Free Parkland at Scotland properties

Membership Fees

Fees start from as little as:

£5 per person per month

£8.50 for joint adult per month

£9.00 for family membership per month

Gardens to visit in Scotland, there are many options from you to choose from, the packages are quite flexible in terms of group membership with one or two adults and upto six children. So everyone can find a package suitable for their families requirements, making it as much value for money as possible.

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