At Boath House
Boath House gardens have now been lovingly restored to create an additional area for guests to enjoy including a bog garden and wild flower meadow. The 20 acres of lawns, woodland and streams are also home to swans, wild geese and ducks and various types of Scottish native birdlife. Bee hives and pet bantam hens can be seen in the walled garden.
Gardens Worth Visiting in the Area
Cawdor Castle & Gardens - Cawdor is fortunate to have three gardens. The Walled Garden is the oldest and dates from c.1600 and later became a kitchen garden. The Flower Garden was laid out some 100 years later and was originally designed for enjoyment in late summer and autumn. However this garden's season has been extended to give pleasure from early spring, with bulbs, bedding plants, herbaceous borders, ornamental trees and shrubs all providing delight. The Wild Garden is the youngest, being planted in the 1960's and lies between the Castle and the stream of the Cawdor Burn. www.cawdorcastle.com
Speyside Heather Garden - Halfway between Grantown-on-Spey and the Boat of Garten is the multi-award winning Speyside Heather Garden and Visitor Centre at Skye of Curr, Dulnain Bridge. See over 300 varieties of heather in the garden, visit the exhibition on the many uses of the plant. www.heathercentre.com
Revack Estate - Located on the B970 road between Grantown-on-Spey and Nethy Bridge, Revack Lodge was built as a shooting lodge some time around 1860. Today you can visit parts of the 15,000-acre estate where there are nature trails, adventure playground, plant centre and garden (orchids a speciality), restaurant and gift shop. Open all year from 10 am to 6 pm.
Abriachan Nurseries - Located 9 miles south of Inverness on the A82 Loch Ness road (between Lochend and Drumnadrochit) High quality range of rare and unusual plants. R.H.S. partners and members of Scotland's Garden Scheme. Open daily from February to November. www.lochnessgarden.com
Brodie Castle - This picturesque castle, 4.5 miles west of Forres and 24 miles east of Inverness, is a popular stopping place on the visitors' trail for its fine interior and grounds. There's a picnic area, adventure playground, woodland walks, gardens and a lake. If you have the chance to visit during the Spring, the famous collection of daffodils will be in full bloom. www.nts.org.uk
Logie Steading - 6 miles south of Forres. An art gallery, walled garden, garden shop, tea room, crafts, antiques & rare books for sale, etc. Open every day from the end of March to Christmas, 10.30am - 5pm. www.logie.co.uk