Inverness Botanic Gardens, Inverness

#2 of 12 in Parks in Inverness
Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
With each new season the outside gardens are an explosion of colour and texture, and borders are planted to demonstrate a wide variety of plants and growing conditions. The impressive glasshouses reveal the drama of plant diversity ranging from the tropical rainforests to arid, heat scorched desert.

In the Tropical House which mimics the hot, humid tropical regions of the world, the plantings are a mixture of the familiar and the spectacular. Some of our most popular houseplants derive from the rainforests, and can be seen growing alongside important economic crops such as coffee. A waterfall cascades into a pond filled with friendly Koi carp, surrounded by showy tender plants such as bougainvillea, bird of paradise plants and orchids.

In the adjoining cactus house, the amazing sculptural shapes of hundreds of species of cacti are planted among 75 tonnes of rock and it is a stunning reminder of the beauty of these plants which survive in the harshest of environments.

The outside gardens are sheltered by a high stone wall and are richly planted with display beds, trees, shrubs, herbs and herbaceous borders. Our younger visitors enjoy discovering the wooden carvings such as teddy bears and meerkats peeping out from among the plants.

Summer Hours (April through October) are 10am to 5pm

Last entry to the gardens at 4.30pm

Winter Hours (End October / November through March) are 10am to 4pm

Last entry to the Gardens at 3.30pm

Plants are available for sale on site.

All outdoor plants and many houseplants are grown by us or sourced locally.

Inverness Botanic Gardens are managed by High Life Highland.

“High Life Highland is a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland No. SC407011 and is a registered Scottish charity No. SC042593”
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  • The botanic gardens were lovely although in comparison to the likes of Edinburgh Botanics there wasn't as much to see here. Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic some of the area was...  more »
  • Half of it is closed and the rest of it you can see in five minutes! Not worth the effort unless you want a good slice of cake.  more »
  • There is only 1 disabled parking space outside the Botanic Gardens, however there is a large car park across the road that has several disabled parking spaces. Most of the place is on the one level.....  more »
  • Just an hours drive from The Snug and somewhere we recommend our guests go to visit. Just beautiful regardless of the time of year, the fact it is free to get in with just donations is absolutely great. Shame we don't have our own garden or we would be buying plants as well to bring home!
  • These lovely gardens are a little wonder on earth. We decided to pay a visit, during our stay in Inverness and boy was it worth it. We spent about 1-2 hours walking through the gardens, whilst enjoying the flowers and plants. Despite being able to take cover in greenhouses, I recommend visiting the gardens when the weather is good, since a lot is placed outside.
  • As per friend advice, I have been to Inverness Botanic Garden yesterday, an absolutely fabulous place for relaxing after a few days work and enjoyed the first-weekend coffee in this amazing place. You can walk true different indoor and outdoor garden and learn about different flowers and trees. Thank you very much.
  • Great place to visit, appears small at first but goes on and on. Difficult to find, but well worth the effort. Several plants for sale. Disappointed that cafe had very little for someone who is lactose intolerant. All sandwiches had dairy warning and both soups were deemed to have milk. Managed on a packet of crisps and a delicious date and oat vegan slice, even the oatcakes contained milk.
  • Only discovered Inverness Botanic Gardens last week. Had no idea it was there. Had a lovely walk around the glass houses where they have beautiful displays of exotic plants and ones you would know. Also peaceful gardens for you to wander round where ideas for your own patch are collected. They have plants for sale too at really good prices. Fancy a cuppa? they have that too a Cobb's Cafe can provide a scrummy cake or lunch. A lovely visit helped by the beautiful weather. I will be back.

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