Threave Garden, Castle Douglas

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Threave Garden and Estate is a series of gardens owned and managed by the National Trust for Scotland, located near Castle Douglas in the historical county of Kirkcudbrightshire in Dumfries and Galloway region of Scotland.

Covering 64 acres (26 ha), the gardens are part of the 1,500 acres (607 ha) Threave Estate originally developed by William Gordon who bought the estate in 1867. The garden is home to the Practical School of Horticulture.

The gardens include a working walled garden, a rock garden, several ponds and water features. There is also a visitor centre and plant centre. The wider estate is managed as a nature reserve and is home to bats and ospreys, and includes part of the Loch Ken and River Dee Marshes Special Protection Area. Threave Castle is located on an island in the River Dee, at the north-west side of the estate.

The garden is listed in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens, which is maintained by Historic Environment Scotland.
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  • The gardens and cafe at Threave Gardens are worth a visit by themselves but if you're a bit energetic a visit through the woods to the red squirrel hide may allow you to see their antics as they raid....  more »
  • We decided to get here at opening times in the hope of seeing red squirrels at the hide. A bonus to the lovely gardens On arrival we asked the young lady at the reception the best places to see...  more »
  • A National Trust garden well laid out at the height of summer, but offering wonderful planting in the spring. Easy to locate with a good sized car park. The cafe had the usual large range of lunch dishes and cakes. They also had an area for children to do colouring. Well worth a visit.
  • Beautiful House set in stunning gardens. Coffee shop serves excellent food. Definitely not a place to miss if you're in that area
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