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Open 7 April–31 Oct, plus Weekends Feb–Easter. Please see website for more details.

MOUNT STUART

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Isle of Bute
Argyll and Bute
PA20 9LR

5 miles south of Rothesay.

300 acres (120ha)

Tel
01700 503877

Visit website

Admission

Non-member adult £6.50 (£11.50 including House).


RHS members

Free access applies (gardens only) throughout open period.

Facilities

  • Café
  • Children's activities
  • Children's playground
  • Disabled access
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Award winner
  • Champion trees
  • Colour themed borders
  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • Gravel garden
  • Herbaceous border
  • Pond or lake
  • Rock garden
  • Sculpture
  • Sub-tropical garden
  • Water features
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
The Mount Stuart Trust

Mount Stuart has a vast and fascinating garden to accompany the sumptuous house. Its 300 acres include: a mature Victorian pinetum; a two-acre rock garden designed by Thomas Mawson and thickly planted with rare collected plants; a 'wee' garden of five acres, planted with tender exotics from Australia and New Zealand; and a kitchen garden redesigned by the late Lord Bute with help from Rosemary Verey.

Add in the relics of an 18th century landscape, a tropical greenhouse, acres of bluebells, established rhododendrons and some recent improvements by James Alexander-Sinclair, and you have the measure of a long and fascinating visit.

Plants of special interest

  • Bluebells
  • Conifers
  • Daffodils
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Grasses
  • Herbs
  • Maple
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Sweet peas
  • Vegetables
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers