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Rare species thrive in this heritage garden as the effects of the Gulf Stream meet the Highlands

Things to do

Self-guided tours

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 prehistoric trees such as our Wollemi pines to rhododendrons from China, Nepal and India and Tasmanian eucalyptus, there’s something to discover and enjoy in every corner.

Inverewe House tells the story of Osgood Mackenzie and his daughter Mairi Sawyer, the creators of the garden. Step inside to learn about how they worked, lived and interacted with the community of Poolewe and beyond.

Guided tours

Free guided walks of the garden are available at 1.30pm, Monday to Friday, from May to September at the visitor centre. Please call for details.


The Sawyer Gallery holds many exhibitions throughout the year –photography, textiles, art and sculpture are all explored, curated by our artist in residence.

Children's activities

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. There are additional pop-up events and festivals taking place all year round.


We welcome school visits at Inverewe. For more information, please see our Learning pages.

Nature spotting

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 often be seen.

Outdoor activities

Take a wildlife boat trip from Inverewe Garden jetty. Skipper Jamie has years of experience on the waters around Wester Ross and will give you an amazing insight into the marine environment in this Marine Protected Area. Inquisitive seals will be keeping an eye on you while eagles soar above. But what will be in Jamie’s creel when he hauls it onto the deck of the Striker?


There’s a network of paths throughout the garden for you to explore at your leisure.

Walk our new Poetry Trail, inspired by the beauty of Inverewe and created by our poet in residence. Go on a treasure hunt to find plants and places in some of the most hidden spots in this award-winning heritage garden. The newly published Spirit of Inverewe poetry book is available exclusively in the visitor centre.

Two trails lead around the estate – the Pinewood Trail (a 45-minute, low-level, circular walk) and the Kernsary Path (a 2–3 hour circular walk through the spectacular wilder countryside). Both have fantastic views.

Holiday accommodation

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.

Walks here

Pinewood Trail

Pinewood Trail

Moderate – mostly on well-defined paths but with some inclines, steps and rough sections.
1¼ miles (2km; 45-minute circular walk)
Café at Inverewe; car park
Kernsary Circular Path

Kernsary Circular Path

Moderate – the walk is mostly on a formed mountain path and has some steep inclines and boggy/muddy patches. Please wear appropriate footwear.
6 miles (9.5km; 2–3 hour circular walk)
Café at Inverewe; car park

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