Benmore Botanic Garden, Benmore

4.7
#1 of 27 in Parks in Argyll and Bute
Garden Nature / Park
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. Arrange to visit Benmore Botanic Garden and other attractions in Benmore using our Benmore family vacation planner.
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  • You are met by what must be one of the nicest people in Scotland. A lady who simply oozes friendliness and jollity. Flip flops or high heels are not recommended and indeed the walk around can be chall...  more »
  • Very well laid out and a good walk round. However, must have been the gardeners week off as a couple of paths were closed and in several places, the plants had overgrown the paths meaning a little lim...  more »
  • Lovely walk in a lovely place - azaleas and rhodies in bloom - really helpful lady selling the entrance tickets and a nice café.  more »
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  • 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
  • Absolutely stunning. Every inch of the gardens are beautifully maintained and any visitor could easily spend hours just exploring the network of paths. Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful gardens I've ever had the pleasure of visiting.
  • I live near here and never tire of visiting. Every visit there is something different to see. Some plants flower during the winter so even then it is worth seeing. Great food and coffee in the cafe too.
  • Stunning arboretum in the hills. Aside from the lovely specimens, it's a great place to walk and explore.
  • What a lovely afternoon we spent exploring Benmore. It is worth a visit. I am certainly we will visit again. The fernery is well worth the climb up the steps. The whole place gives a peaceful and calm feeling. Sit on the seats or in the Bhutanese Glade and just drink in the sweet smell of the gardens and the peace.

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