Benmore Botanic Garden
Benmore with its magnificent mountainside setting is a joy to behold. Its 49 Hectares/120 acres boast a world-famous collection of flowering trees and shrubs including over 300 species of rhododendron and over one third of the world’s hardy conifer species plus fine collections from North and South America, the Orient and the Himalaya.
Visitors are welcomed by an impressive avenue of Giant Redwoods, arguably one of the finest entrances to any botanic garden in the world. Established in 1863, these majestic giants now stand over 50 metres high. The Garden is glorious throughout the seasons, from the vibrant blooms of rhododendrons and azaleas in early spring, striking Eucryphias of late summer and breathtaking displays of rich autumn fruit and foliage.
Seven miles of trails throughout the Garden lead to beautiful spots such as the restored Victorian Fernery, geographic plantings from Bhutan, Chile, Japan and Tasmania to a dramatic viewpoint at 450 feet (140m) overlooking the surrounding mountains and Holy Loch.
Benmore is located on the Cowal peninsula, 7 miles north of Dunoon.