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Crarae Garden

Tranquil woodland garden with Himalayan plants and tumbling waterfalls

Planning your visit

We want you to enjoy your visit to the garden – your safety is our priority. This means we’ve had to make some changes so that we can keep everyone safe. Please read our Guide on what to expect before you set off.

This property is part of the ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme, which means we have carried out an official COVID-19 risk assessment to check we have everything in place to reopen safely.

Please see our drop-down Facilities below for helpful information about planning your visit.

For more information about planning your visit, please see our frequently asked questions.

If youd like to speak to us we can be contacted by email on CraraeGarden@nts.org.uk or telephone 01546 886614.

Facilities & access

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

Wed love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) whats good and where we need to do better.

Disabled parking bays are located just by the entrance to the visitor centre.

Accessible toilet
Baby changing

Crarae Garden is family friendly, with the lower area of the garden offering walks for families with prams/pushchairs.

Coach parking

Dogs are welcome at Crarae, but we ask that they are kept on a short lead at all times.

Guided tours are available but must be booked in advance – please call the garden for more information.

Parking is free.

Self-guided trail

There are five different marked trails through the garden.

The Spirit of the Garden and the Path of the Panda trails offer a gentle stroll around the lower level of the garden.

The Himalayan Gorge, Plant Hunters Trail and Fyne View contain steep steps along the gorge of the burn. Trek along the ridge to be rewarded by magnificent views over the garden and across Loch Fyne.

Walks range in length from 15 minutes to around 1 hour. If you wish to see the whole garden, we recommend allowing 2½ hours for your visit.

There are no facilities on the walks – all facilities are at the visitor centre.

  • There is wheelchair access to the shop and café.
  • 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.

Opening times


Please note the garden is open on an honesty box system until March.

Current period1 Jan–27 Mar, daily, 09.30–16.00 28 Mar–31 Oct, daily, 09.30–17.00 (last entry 16.00) 1 Nov–31 Dec, daily, 09.30–16.00
Visitor Centre, shop and café

Current period1 Jan–27 Mar, closed 28 Mar–31 Oct, daily, 09.30–17.00 (last entry 16.00) 1 Nov–31 Dec, closed

Entry prices

One adult family

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50