GARDENS

Inverewe garden

One of the most popular attractions in the area is  Inverewe Garden at Poolewe, with its visitor centre and restaurant. Now owned by the National Trust for Scotland, the garden was first established in the 1860s by the laird, Osgood Mackenzie. It is home to hundreds of exotic species of plants from around the world, all thriving in the warm, humid climate of the west coast.

A star attraction in late Spring are the Meconopsis or blue poppies which thrive in the mild climate. Rhododendrons flower everywhere and the walled garden is a delight to behold. All the gardening staff work tirelessly to keep Inverewe looking at its best, even in the more wild areas. There is a quiet bay where you may be lucky and see seals. There are plenty of seats to rest and admire the views and profusion of plants, and a plant shop to buy that special plant.

Before you visit it is well worth getting the Inverewe guide book which is full of information about the garden including maps to help you plan your route. 

Unfortunately it is not just the plants that thrive in the warm, humid climate.  The midges love it, with Inverewe Garden being one of their favourite haunts!  The best advice is to go armed with a good midge repellant and head net.

 

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