Explore Castle Kennedy Gardens in Stranraer

Discover a hidden world at Castle Kennedy Gardens. Situated on an isthmuth between White Loch and Black Loch, this strip of land holds stunning gardens and an architectural beauty. With a castle having first been built here in the 14th century, it wasn’t until the 19th century that the gardens started to take on the form we can see today. Internationally famous for their species Rhododendrons, this is a wonderful place to visit when you are staying at Coorie Retreats.

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Highlights of Castle Kennedy Gardens

Make sure you explore the Giant’s Grave! This is a huge 118 meter-long mound which many think is the final resting place of a mysterious giant. Kids love running along it. Elsewhere, there is the Belvedere, a place which offers a beautiful vantage point of many parts of the gardens. There’s also plenty of wildlife to keep your eye out for here. Greylag gees, red squirrels and otters have app been spotted, so keep your eyes peeled as you wander around.

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When to visit

The gardens are open February – October, so do check before you travel. What you will see here depends on the time of year. For example, in March and April the landscape blooms into life, with magnolia trees and daffodils offering an early blast of colour. Later in the year towards May, rhododendrons blossom in all their colours. And towards autumn, you can enjoy the changes in colour of the tree leaves. Find out more about what you can see in the gardens here.

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Book your break at Coorie Retreats today

So, book your glamping holiday at Coorie Retreats and get ready to explore the beautiful landscape of Castle Kennedy Gardens. Find more interesting things to do during your stay with our Things To Do Guide.

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Absolutely loved our stay at the Den! Our hosts were super helpful throughout and provided a great night away. The dome was so cozy and we spent the night in the amazing wood fired hot tub watching movies on the outside projector. Will definitely be back in the summer time!

Rooms: The den was decorated to perfection and felt so cozy. It contained everything we needed for our stay and was so clean!

Noteworthy details: Having the projector next to the hot tub outside was a lovely extra that we had never seen before. It was amazing.

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