Benmore Botanic Garden, Benmore

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Among mountains and views of the Holy Loch lies Benmore Botanic Garden. Pick up a complimentary audio headset from the reception to help guide you through the 48.5 hectares (120 acres) of garden. You will enter through the great avenue of Sierra redwood trees, planted in 1863, some of which exceed 45 m (148 ft) in height. Explore the exotic areas of the garden, including the Bhutanese glade, Tasmanian ridge, and Chilean rain forest glade. Discover the monuments erected in memory of individuals who have cared for the garden, such as Puck’s hut and the bronze statue. Stop for something to eat or drink in the Benmore Cafe. Any keen gardeners will want to browse the Benmore Shop, which sells a wide selection of gardening books and plants. A visit to Benmore Botanic Garden represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Benmore travel route builder to plot your vacation.
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  • We visited here whilst in the area on holiday. Unfortunately the weather was extremely wet. The entry fee is very reasonable and we were shown the map of the gardens, with a brief explanation given as...  more »
  • We walked here from Pucks Glen and wasn't sure what to expect. The entry fee was very reasonable and we stopped for a drink in the very friendly cafe. We spend the rest of the day walking the amazing ...  more »
  • we went to Benmore Botanic Gardens on a short break to Dunoon and it was amazing. It is a vast garden and would take quite a while to walk round. We had a cuppa and a cake in the coffee shop which was...  more »
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  • Stunning examples of some huge trees. Their size and beauty is impressive. Lovely walks round the different areas. The lady on the desk informed us that there were some steep and uneven paths around the gardens. My husband explored those, I stayed on the flat paths. I did however venture up to the Victorian fernery, which was well worth the trek. Good cafe and refreshments too. Well worth a visit and spending a couple of hours here.
  • Beautiful scenic walks in a beautifully kept botanical garden. Good cafe available. Very much enjoyed the recently opened red squirrel hide, great to see such an iconic species that can be very hard to spot these days. Parking is free, entry to the gardens is easily worth the money.
  • Endlessly fascinating This is a great place of you like long walks, not all of it is accessible for people with walking difficulties. There are fascinating little nooks like the beautifully restored fernery and orangery. It's well kept and the plants are interesting too. The gardens are arranged into different zones that include Chilean with a wooden hut and new monkey puzzle trees. The garden's are in a fairly remote place, so you'd be best making a whole day of it. Food is okay but basic with limited choices, but you can bring a picnic if you want to. Toilet are near the entrance hut and the converted barn courtyard.
  • A very picturesque place and great for lovely walks. You would not be disappointed if you go here. There's a shop and cafeteria with toilets.
  • Beautiful gardens with vibrant colours and fabulous views towards Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula. Tea room is excellent and the gardens never feel busy. You have enough space to do your own thing. We happened to be there when a string quartet was giving a concert, just lovely music in a magical place

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