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Threave Garden & Estate

A garden for all seasons and a haven for wildlife, with an osprey-viewing platform and bat reserve

Things to do


There are plenty of features to explore in Threave Garden, including the glasshouses, cascades and rock gardens, ponds, a walled garden and the bird hide in Kelton Hill Wood, where red squirrels are often seen too.

Make time to visit the impressive ruins of Threave Castle (managed by Historic Environment Scotland). Situated on a small island in the middle of the river, it’s only accessible by a short ferry ride, which you can summon by ringing a bell on the jetty.

We’ve created a new Garden of Contemplation, supported by our NTS USA Foundation members. This beautiful space has been specially designed for quiet reflection. Rest awhile in this tranquil place and feel refreshed by its peaceful atmosphere.

Guided Tours

A guided tour of Threave House (maximum of 12 people per group) provides a fascinating insight into the story of the Gordon family – booking in advance is advisable. Please call 01556 502575.

School visits

We welcome school visits at Threave Garden & Estate. For more information, please see our Learning pages.

Children’s Activities

There’s a children’s play area in the Discovery Garden.


The wider estate has trails and woodland walks to enjoy, leading to viewpoints, the nature reserve and the River Dee. The nature reserve includes four wildlife hides and an osprey viewing platform. Peregrine falcons, red squirrels, waders, kingfishers and otters make their home here. At dusk, see if you can spot some of our beautiful bats in their natural habitat – Threave is Scotland’s first Bat Reserve and is home to up to seven different species.

Holiday Accommodation

A day may not be long enough to see everything at Threave! Come and stay in one of the three holiday cottages on the estate.


Threave’s world-famous gardens, beautifully restored Victorian house and Terrace café combine to make a spectacular venue for weddings, corporate events and private parties – please see our venue hire pages for more information.

Walks here

Estate Walk

Estate Walk

Easy – the terrain is generally flat and unsurfaced
1½ - 2 hours
2½ miles (4km)
Café; toilets; shop; car park

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