Discover a world of wonderful botanicals on the west coast shores of Loch Ewe
Explore this lush oasis of colour and scents, cultivated with care and a hefty dose of creativity.
Discover the stories of the father and daughter who created the garden, in the newly opened Inverewe House.
Spot Scotland’s Big 5: red squirrels, red deer, otters, seals and golden eagles.
Encounter a world of art in the Sawyer Gallery.
Look out for Inverewe's huge California redwoods that tower into the sky – you can't miss them!
It's astonishing what you can grow in one of the most northerly corners of Scotland when you put your mind to it. Twisting through the soil on this patch of coast is a paradise of weird and wonderful botanicals, where the unexpected greets you at every corner.
Inverewe is an inspiring place that celebrates mankind and the natural environment. Marvel at our heritage garden comprising species from across the globe, created from a barren wilderness in the 19th century. A tale of enduring love and commitment, it is a feast for your senses.
Inverewe House is now a museum with a twist, where you are encouraged to interact with a variety of objects, play games and even take a piece of Inverewe home from our seed bank. The Sawyer Gallery hosts exhibitions throughout the year that reflect the characteristics of Inverewe and the surrounding environment.
Framed by mountains and 2 lochs, Inverewe enjoys a spectacular landscape. The light and colours on our 800ha estate are forever changing; this is a setting that inspires art and creativity. Our estate is also home to a host of flora and fauna.
Inverewe Garden is like no other. Species that simply shouldn’t grow here are thriving, aided by the effects of the Gulf Stream – this has resulted in a riot of colour and scents throughout the year. From pre-historic trees such as our Wollemi pines to rhododendrons from China, Nepal and India, Himalayan poppies and Tasmanian eucalyptus, there is something to discover and enjoy in every corner.
Inverewe House tells the story of Osgood and Mairi MacKenzie, the creators of the garden. Step inside to learn about how they worked, lived and interacted with the community of Poolewe and beyond. The Sawyer Gallery has many exhibits throughout the year – photography, textiles, art and sculpture are all explored, curated by our own artist in residence.
The estate has many designations recognising its importance as a species-rich habitat. Our wildlife hide provides the perfect vantage point over Loch Ewe, where coastal birds, seals and otters can be seen.
There's also plenty on offer for younger visitors. The Global Garden trail provides children with a map and passport to complete as they explore the garden. The Savage Garden, with its display of insect-eating plants, can be found by the pond – discover these curious plants and even have a go at feeding them. There is a network of paths throughout the garden, and the Pinewood and Kernsary Trails offer low-level walks with fantastic views. The ranger service hosts children’s events throughout July and August, and there are additional pop-up events and festivals taking place all year round.
Browse the well-stocked gift shop.
If you'd like to stay longer, you can rent the holiday accommodation, Garden Lodge, and enjoy free run of the garden at night or first thing in the morning.
Relax in our self-service, licensed café and enjoy homemade soups, sandwiches and cakes. In the garden, stop at The Bothy for a coffee and snack, and admire the views across Loch Ewe. Both cafés have received a Taste of Scotland award.
Only assistance dogs are allowed in the garden. However, there is a dog walking area adjacent to the car park. The three trails that lead around the estate – Pinewood Trail (a 45-minute circular walk), Inverewe Trail (to the village of Inverewe) and Kernsary Path (a walk through wilder countryside to the village) – are all suitable for dogs.
Parking is available immediately outside the visitor centre and is free for members. Coach parking is 100 metres from the visitor centre.
Free guided walks of the garden and ranger-led guided walks of the estate are available in the summer months.
Tours of the glasshouses are available by request.
School visits and private groups are welcome by prior arrangement.
A powered scooter can be booked by contacting the visitor centre (01445 781229). This scooter gives access to most of the garden.
For wheelchair users, there is a map of the garden with suitable routes highlighted.
There is ramped access to the visitor centre and restaurant.
There are disabled toilets in the visitor centre.
Assistance dogs are allowed in the garden.
Guidebooks are available with French and German translations.
Visitor reviews of accessibility can be found on the Euan’s Guide website here.
By road, Inverewe Garden is around 90 minutes from Inverness. Take the A835, then the A832 through some magnificent West Highland scenery.