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Threave Garden & Estate

Threave walled garden, the path to the garden is lined with red flowers.

About this place

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

  • Visit the only Scottish garden dedicated to the training of horticulturists, home of the School of Heritage Gardening since 1960.
  • Discover the unique garden design, where each ‘garden room’ showcases a different gardening style and planting scheme.
  • Enjoy stunning views over the Galloway Hills and the Ken/Dee valley, and keep an eye out for soaring ospreys, red kites and peregrine falcons over our wetlands nature reserve.
  • Join a guided walk around Scotland’s only Bat Reserve! We have eight species of bats and a dedicated conservation programme to protect them.
  • Explore one of Scotland’s most biodiverse nature reserves, with a remarkable collection of wildlife, flora and fauna.

Threave’s wonderful garden has been created over the years by students of the Trust’s School of Heritage Gardening – and is a fine example of landscaped beauty. The garden is divided into a series of smaller gardens to showcase different styles, including a rose garden, rockery and walled garden.

At the centre stands Threave House, designed in the Scottish Baronial style in 1871 for the Gordon family. Many of its rooms are displayed as they were in the 1930s.

The wider estate caters for more adventurous tastes, and includes our flagship bat reserve. The nature reserve is a Special Protection Area for breeding waders and wintering wildfowl – pink-footed geese and Greenland white-fronted geese are regular visitors.

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Garden & Visitor Centre
Nature Reserve
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One adult family
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At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

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Accreditations and awards

  • 4 star visitor attraction award
  • Silver Green Tourism award
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Threave Garden and Estate Bat Walks

Tuesday 6 October 2020

Discover the nocturnal world of bats at Threave Garden with our wildlife guide. Listen to bat calls with bat detectors and get the chance to see and hear other nocturnal wildlife such as owls, hedgehogs and badgers. Social distancing and sanitation measures will be in place during the walk for the safety of all participants. Group sizes will be small so please book early to secure your place.

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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.



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