The garden is a magical spot at any time of year, with the earlier flowers of countless rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias being replaced later in autumn by the rich tints of foliage and fruit.
Stand among the exotic trees and shrubs on the hillside and listen to the tumbling waterfalls of the Crarae Burn. You could almost imagine you are in the Himalayas. Mature woody plants and informal paths radiate from the burn and create a wonderfully natural effect.
You may spot a variety of wildlife, including deer with fawns, treecreepers, ravens, woodpeckers, dippers and birds of prey such as buzzards, sparrowhawks and peregrine falcons, which nest nearby.
There is a visitor centre (open seasonally) at the entrance to the garden, which includes a gift shop and small café.
The plant sales area offers a superb range and is well worth a visit.
The garden is suitable for picnics.
The café serves teas, coffees, cold drinks, home baking, soup and sandwiches.
Pushchairs are permitted in the garden, but access might be difficult due to steps.
Baby changing facilities are available.
Dogs are allowed on a short lead.
Free parking is available 20m from the visitor centre.
Coach parking is available 50m from the visitor centre – please book in advance.
Guided tours are available for groups (maximum 12 people) – please book in advance on 01546 886614.
Designated parking is available for disabled visitors at the entrance to the visitor centre.
Only the lower garden is accessible for wheelchairs. Elsewhere, the terrain on some routes is steep with steps. The viewing platform in the glen is accessible with assistance.
The shop, café and toilets are wheelchair-accessible.
There is an induction loop.
Crarae Garden is 10 miles south of Inveraray, just off the A83.