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The Gardens


One of the many wonders of Glenapp Castle are the surrounding gardens,  much of which, including the Italian Garden were designed by Gertrude Jekyll (1813-1932). Gertrude Jekyll was a world famous garden architect applying the principles of the arts and crafts movement who worked in close collaboration with Edwin Lutyens. Recently we found the original plans of the gardens in a university in California!

The 36 acre grounds at Glenapp Castle are totally secluded and private, and are for the exclusive use of the castle guests. There are many rare and unusual plants and shrubs to be found, including magnificent specimen rhododendrons. Paths wander round the azalea pond, and through established woodland, leading to the wonderful walled garden with its 150 foot Victorian glasshouse. Fresh herbs and fruit from the garden are used every day in the castle kitchen.

In the mid-Victorian years, industrialists and traders brought back the most extraordinary plants and saplings from all over the world. The Kilphin Glen running alongside the castle is not only a stunning place of special scientific interest but is also home to some of the tallest trees in the whole of Scotland; giant firs, Californian Sequoias and Giant Redwoods, even the occasional blaze of bamboo!

Today, significant time and investment has been focused on restoring these stunning gardens to the delight of our visitors. Come listen to our Head Gardener, Ann Maree, share some of the history of the Glenapp Castle gardens, and meet the team who devote their time to preserving and enhancing this Ayrshire treasure.


Glenapp Castle’s gardens set the scene for the Harper’s Bazaar Fashion Photoshoot of October 2015 issue. Click here to see the stunning results.