Inverewe
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Inverewe

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 pre-historic trees such as our Wollemi pines to rhododendrons from China, Nepal and India and Tasmanian eucalyptus, there is 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 the Visitor Centre. Please call for details.

Exhibitions

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

SCHOOL VISITS

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.

Walks

There is a network of paths throughout the garden and two trails that 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

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

Kernsary Circular Path

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

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