Monday, January 3, 2011

Inverewe Garden

Inverewe Gardens

On Scotland’s western, rugged, wind-driven coast, on a similar latitude to Hudson Bay in Canada in an unforgettable tropical delight. Inverewe Gardens is one of the best-known of Scotland’s ‘sub-tropical’ gardens. It was created in 1862 by Sir Osgood Mackenzie and is well worth a visit, particularly in April, May and June.

Scotland is not usually associated with lush exotic flowers and tropical greenery, which is exactly what makes it so surprising. This is thanks to a natural phenomenon called the North Atlantic Drift which brings the warm currents from the Caribbean, to this fifty acre garden.

Built on a craggy hillside with a majestic setting on the water’s edge of Loch Ewe, Inverewe Garden has a famous Walled Garden with plants from around the world including Chinese rhododendrons, Tasmanian eucalypts and New Zealand daisy bushes as well as Woodland containing a canopy of Scots Pine trees - a unique feature - which are underplanted with many unusual woodland plants such as Meconopsis and Primula and including our own Primula Inverewe. Extensive views from both low and high vantage points of Loch Ewe, the surrounding Highlands and out to sea offering wind sheltered vistas.

Visit Inverewe Gardens on your next Celtic Tours vacation to Scotland. You can stop to Inverewe Gardens on our new self-drive tour of Scotland, Historic Scotland.

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