This is a perfect location for garden lovers to enjoy the sights, fragrances and abundance of wildlife in some of the most inspirational gardens in the Scottish Borders. We’ve listed some of the best gardens in the area, and all of them are well worth a visit.
Just outside Peebles, Kailzie is a grand Scottish domestic garden occupying a beautiful position on the River Tweed. Surrounded by magnificent hills and planted with a wide variety of mature specimen trees, the 15 acres of wild gardens provides one of the best locations for leisurely walks. Within the walled garden are greenhouses, colourful herbaceous borders, a laburnum arch and an enchanting rose garden. The snowdrops abound in February and the daffodils and bluebells in April & May. Visitors to Kailzie can also fish for trout in the bait pond, go into the Osprey viewing centre, putt on the 18 hole putting green and enjoy light refreshments in the cafe.
Dawyck Botanic Gardens
Located in Stobo, Dawyck is a 65-acre, five star garden attraction. It is one of four gardens that comprise the National Botanic Gardens of Scotland and has a history of planting that exceeds 300 years. Here you can see some of the oldest and tallest trees in Europe, including Douglas fir, European Silver fir and Giant Sierra redwoods. Dawyck Botanic Garden is renowned for its seasonal displays of snowdrops, bluebells, rhododendrons, azaleas, blue poppies and spectacular autumn colour. Also of note is the Cryptogamic Sanctuary, the world’s first reserve for mosses, liverworts, lichens and fungi.
St Ronan’s Wells visitor centre
In 2007, the adjoining gardens to the historic spa were featured in the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden programme. Perfect for a relaxing afternoon, you can walk around the grounds, admire the beautiful sculptures, and take everything in as you rest in the scenic picnic area.
Although there are no formal gardens at Traquair House, over 100 acres of grounds incorporate a mixture of woodland, lawn, and the popular Traquair maze. Originally part of the Ettrick Forest, Traquair was historically surrounded purely by its woodlands. Today it nestles amongst the most wonderful trees planted mainly in the 1870’s, including Douglas Firs, Limes, Horse Chestnuts and Beech. Meander over to the west side of the house where you will discover Cupid’s garden planted with only white and grey flowers, before experiencing the spectacular sight of the yew tree circle featuring some of the oldest yews in Scotland. The old walled garden houses the Cottage restaurant.
Whether your visit is purely leisure or linked to business, you are assured of high quality service and a warm Scottish welcome at The Tontine.