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When to Go

Gardens continually change throughout the year-there is always something to see and enjoy. Find out when is the best time to see the magnificent displays in our gardens with our Gardens for all Seasons guide.

What to Do

The Trust's Gardens are places for everyone and every taste whether visiting with family or friends or simply looking for peace and tranquility. Next time you visit one of our gardens look out for the range of plants it contains, the leaf shapes, textures and sizes; flower colours and forms.

  • Look for unusual blooms or a planting combination you like.
  • Watch out for garden wildlife – the wood ants at Lochalsh Woodland or the woodpeckers feeding from the bird table at Castle Fraser; swans, geese and ducks at Fyvie Castle or the red squirrels at Crarae Garden.

Remember also that our gardens are places and spaces for everyone for a relaxing day out in a pleasant environment to:

  • walk and sit, walking the dog, strolling or running
  • a safe family visit – somewhere for the children to let off steam
  • a pleasant venue for a picnic, Sunday lunch or afternoon tea
  • a dramatic background for events
  • an historic layout, design and sense of place
  • supporting charitable causes
  • watching seasonal change
  • horticultural interest and inspiration for the home garden
  • an outside classroom for educational activities: science, history, art
  • for volunteering; donating gifts and funds
  • for plant tours, garden master classes and guided tours
  • getting married and having a celebration

Disability Access in Gardens


Visitors of all ages and abilities are welcome in our gardens and there is always something to enjoy. Whilst our historic gardens are the product of many years of development and change – with some uneven path surfaces and steps – the Trust has, and continues to make reasonable adjustments to its gardens to enable visitors with mobility- and other impairments the opportunity of enjoying the very best of Scottish horticulture.

Many gardens are particularly suited to people with visual impairments and include scented borders and touch opportunities. By referring to our Guide for Visitors with Disabilities you will be able to find out which gardens are most suitable to people with a mobility impairment; it indicates if wheelchairs are provided and if there are flat pathways.

Click here to view our disability access statement, which is also available in large print, on CD and in Braille.