Glorious Gardens of Argyll & Bute

Crarae Garden

A spectacular 50-acre woodland garden in a dramatic setting. Crarae has a wonderful collection of woody plants centred on the Crarae Burn, which is spanned by several bridges and tumbles through a rocky gorge in a series of cascades. A wide variety of shrubs and trees chosen for spring flowering and autumn colour grow in the shelter of towering conifers, and the lush, naturalistic planting and rushing water gives the feel of a Himalayan valley.

Since acquiring the garden in 2001, the National Trust for Scotland has restored the infrastructure, replacing bridges, steps and paths, and new plantings include many recently collected, wild-origin Rhododendrons. The National Collection of Nothofagus is to be found at Crarae.

“A unique 100 acre Himalayan woodland garden planted around the steep-sided Crarae burn.”

Crarae Garden Information

Crarae Garden, Minard, Inveraray, Argyll, PA32 8YA
0844 493 2210
Nigel Price, Property Manager.
All year round, 9.30am - Dusk
Getting there:
10 miles south of Inveraray on A83.
Facilities available:
Wheelchair access limited to lower garden. Toilets including wheelchair accessible, visitor centre/shop/plant sales open April 1st - 31st October Thursday to Monday, dogs on leads, guided tours by prior arrangement.
Nearest gardens:
Ardkinglas Woodland Garden ~ 25 minutes | Arduaine Garden ~ 40 minutes | Kilmory Woodland Park ~ 20 minutes