Scotland's Best B&Bs
The Highland region is diverse with woodland estates, nurseries and castle gardens. The highlight is Inverewe Garden with its special collections warmed by the Gulf Stream.
Near Kyle of Lochalsh - a National Trust for Scotland estate. Lots of walks through ancient woodland and wild countryside. Abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery.
B&Bs near Balmacara Estate - Strathgorm
Balmacara - Rhododendron, fuchsias, hydrangeas and ferns. Open all year 9am to sunset. Admission charge.
B&Bs near Lochalsh Woodland Gardens - Strathgorm
Strathcarron, Wester Ross, on A890 road between Strathcarron and South Strome - Privately owned garden and house, near the shores of Loch Carron, cradled by mountains. A style that allows the garden to blend seamlessly from the planned planted areas into the wilderness that surrounds it. Open 10am - 5.30pm April - October (closed Sundays). Admission charge.
Famous National Trust for Scotland Garden between Ullapool and Gairloch. Spectacular garden with fabulous rhododendrons and azaleas in May, plus tree ferns, Himalayan poppies, herbaceous borders, eucalyptus, gunnera, primulas, walled garden and rockeries. Admission charge. Free guided garden walks in the summer. Café and shop. Open April - October.
Little Leckmelm, Lochbroom, near Ullapool . A woodland garden planted in 1870 and restored in 1984. Open April to September. Daily 10am to 6pm.
Isle of Skye - 40 acre woodland garden set around the ruins of Armadale Castle. Museum, restaurant and gift shop. Open daily April to October. Admission charge.
See plants growing without soil. Open Monday to Friday from 11am - 1pm, and 2pm - 4pm. Small admission charge.
Located between Thurso and John O'Groats, this is the Queen Mother's former holiday home in Caithness. The Castle, Walled Gardens and small Animal Centre are open to visitors from May to September (but closed during the last week in July and first week in August when Prince Charles the Duke of Rothesay is in residence for his annual visit to Caithness). Opening times are from 10.30am until 4pm. Visitor centre with tearoom, toilets and gift shop. Admission charges apply.
Formal parterre gardens laid out in 1850 below the castle. The gardens are open all year round and entry is free of charge when the castle is closed during the winter.
A82 Loch Ness side. Open: February - November 9am - 7pm or dusk if earlier. Admission: Nursery free, gardens small donation for charity.
Inverness - Mixed floral displays including greenhouses, tropical plants and cactus house. Cafe and plant sales. Open daily). Free admission.
Between Inverness and Nairn. Mixture of formal gardens and parkland, including maze. Riverside walks on the estate. Open daily from May to early October from 10.00 am - 5.30 pm. Gift shop and tearoom. Golf course. Admission charge
East of Nairn - The castle was the home of the Brodie family until the late 20th century and is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. During the spring, the famous collection of daffodils is in full bloom. Grounds open all year. 71 hectare estate including walled garden, large pond, picnic area, adventure playground, woodland walks. The castle (admission charge) is open April to October. Tearoom and Shop.