The gardens on Bute have something to delight every taste. Visitors to Bute will be thrilled to observe Scottish gardening at its most diverse and finest on one island. From the substantial 300 acres of vibrant gardens, woodland and walks at Mount Stuart to the informal abundantly planted Ascog Hall with its unique, award winning Victorian Fernery to the formal, immaculately tended bedding displays, aviary and glasshouses at Ardencraig Gardens. Bute is a plant enthusiast’s paradise.
These gardens in Craigmore were recently described as having the “best display of summer bedding anywhere in Scotland”. These beautiful walled gardens and glasshouses are at their finest in July & August. There are a number of aviaries housing a range of exotic bird species that have been built to provide further interest – these are very popular with visiting children!
300 acres and 300 years of fascinating and constantly evolving gardening at Mount Stuart make it a must see for all visitors to Bute. Designed upon an exquisite natural canvas provided by the island’s lush habitat and picturesque shoreline, today, they are amongst Europe’s finest vibrant gardens, wilderness and woodland.
Mount Stuart has an exotically planted 5 acre wee garden, an elaborate rock garden designed by Thomas Mawson, a Pinetum, a Kitchen Garden containing culinary and medicinal delights and an elegant glass house pavilion, a contemporary garden surrounding the award winning visitor centre, not to mention countless enjoyable walks through the policies and plants for sale. There are also vast carpets of snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells to delight in depending on the time of year you visit.