So famous were the gardens at Inchmarlo that Queen Victoria instructed her coachman to drive through Inchmarlo to see the rhododendrons on her way to and from Balmoral, which is why one of the roads through the estate is known as “the Queen’s Drive”.
There are five unique gardens to explore, all with seating areas where you can relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Then, slightly off the well-manicured path, our woods are home for red squirrels, deer and all kinds of birds. You can enjoy the handiwork of our green-fingered workers everywhere (they do the spadework, so you don’t have to).
The Walled Garden
The Walled Garden runs around the Rainbow Garden and features many herbaceous plants. On either side of the Rainbow Garden is the putting green.
The Rainbow Garden
The Rainbow Garden was planted in 2010 by Billy Carruthers, a noted plantsman and founder of Binny Plants, one of Scotland’s leading nurseries. He selected plants to replicate the colours of a rainbow, providing a feast for the eyes all year round.
The Oriental Garden
The Oriental Garden was designed in 1984 by Peter Rogers, a Gold Medallist at the Royal Horticulturist Show in Chelsea. It is situated in the centre of the courtyard within the Queen Victoria Park neighbourhood. It features a “Kare Sansui” or a dry river stream in which the overlapping slate stones give the impression of moving water.
The Sensory Garden
The Sensory Garden is our newest garden and is visible from the Dining Room, Bar and Green Drawing Room at Inchmarlo House. It was designed by pupils from Keig Primary School, Alford, to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. They chose to design a sensory garden, featuring over 70 species of plants that would stimulate our five senses.
The Woodland Garden
The Woodland Garden features Scots Pines, Douglas Firs, Yews and Beeches. In early summer, the riot of mature azaleas and rhododendrons produce an array of colours and scents. In autumn, the changing colours of the trees and shrubs are spectacular. In the spring, there are carpets of snowdrops and snowflakes.
“An oasis of tranquillity. Shangri-La is not imaginary it exists.”
“We have enjoyed the peace, tranquillity wild life and beautiful gardens for over 25 years and our relatives and friends who visit are envious of our perfect location.”
Homeowners at Inchmarlo