6 - Crarae

Crarae is a magical woodland garden overlooking Loch Fyne in Argyll. A dramatic gorge cascades down the hill through the centre of the garden - centred around this is a beautiful collection of trees, shrubs and flowering plants, including many species from the Himalayas laid out in an informal ‘natural’ style.

Crarae holds a national collection of southern beech trees. These large forest trees come from Australia, New Zealand and southern South America where they are an important component of native forests.

They make beautiful specimens here at Crarae where the mild damp climate is ideal for them.

Locate the Tree Trail Stamp: TBC


Inveraray, Argyll, Bute & Loch Lomond, PA32 8YA, OS Reference: NR986973

Opening Times

Opening Times for Visitor Centre vary, please visit their website. Gardens are open all year round.

More Info at: http://www.nts.org.uk/property/crarae-garden/


6 - Drumlanrig

The grounds of Drumlanrig Castle contain some of the oldest plantings of specimen trees in south Scotland and some of David Douglas’s original introductions.

Close to the castle you’ll find woodland gardens which are home to a variety of unusual trees including rare conifers from around the world, as well as a growing collection of flowering trees and shrubs providing excellent colour in spring, summer and autumn.

A short walk from the castle itself will take you to the very first Douglas fir to be planted in Britain. Scotland’s most famous plant collector, David Douglas, introduced this species from the Pacific North West in 1827 and it was his brother, John, Master of Works at Drumlanrig at the time, who planted this very tree here two years later in 1829.

The Douglas fir has since become one of the most important species in tree collections and forestry throughout Scotland.

Locate the Tree Trail Stamp: TBC


Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway, DG3 4AQ

Opening Times

Opening Times vary please check their website.

More Info at: http://www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk/