Benmore Botanic Garden, Benmore

4.8
#1 of 22 in Things to do in Cowal Peninsula
Must see · Garden · Nature / Park
Among mountains and views of the Holy Loch lies Benmore Botanic Garden. Pick up a complimentary audio headset from the reception to help guide you through the 48.5 hectares (120 acres) of garden. You will enter through the great avenue of Sierra redwood trees, planted in 1863, some of which exceed 45 m (148 ft) in height. Explore the exotic areas of the garden, including the Bhutanese glade, Tasmanian ridge, and Chilean rain forest glade. Discover the monuments erected in memory of individuals who have cared for the garden, such as Puck’s hut and the bronze statue. Stop for something to eat or drink in the Benmore Cafe. Any keen gardeners will want to browse the Benmore Shop, which sells a wide selection of gardening books and plants. A visit to Benmore Botanic Garden represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Benmore travel route builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Damp day, but we enjoyed a lovely day walking around the gardens. Great views, handy map and plenty of locations to keep the kids focussed. Cafe okay.  more »
  • Went to gardens today with my husband. Could not believe the colours at the pond. Also climbed right to top viewpoint. Amazing scenery. Autumn is my favourite season and my goodness I wasn’t...  more »
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  • A superb garden climbing upward & in as you progress through it. There is a main easy route suitable for all well marked & not difficult, walking or outdoor footwear advised for other trails that cross the garden leading to other areas which are steep in places with a number of uneven steps. Lots of unusual plant species to see from around the world, the Giant Redwoods are magnificent & the Rhododendrons over 300 species are plentiful. Up a steep climb is a fully restored Victorian Fernery, there are also many themed viewpoints at various points in the garden. There is a very nice cafe serving meals/light snacks, soup, tea/coffee & cakes. At set times during the day there is a guided tour times posted at the admission point.
  • Great gardens in a lovely setting. Worth the admission to see the avenue of Giant Redwoods. Paths well maintained so easy to walk around. The cafe was well stocked and reasonably priced. Good choices of tea and cake! Would go again during autumn to see the changes.
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