February 19, 2024
Scotland’s most beautiful garden of the year revealed
'A hidden oasis': Scotland’s most beautiful garden of the year revealed <i>(Image: Dunvegan Castle &amp; Gardens  organisation)</i>

‘A concealed oasis’: Scotland’s most wonderful backyard of the year disclosed (Image: Dunvegan Castle & Gardens organisation)

IT has been the ancestral house of the chiefs of the Clan MacLeod for additional than 800 several years and irrespective of its remote site, attracts nearly 200,000 site visitors each and every year.

Now Dunvegan Castle has been voted Scotland’s Backyard of the year by the Royal Horticultural Culture.

RHS describes the gardens as “a concealed oasis stuffed with bouquets, unique vegetation, shrubs and specimen trees framed by shimmering pools fed from waterfalls and streams that circulation down to the sea”.

The devoted team of gardeners at Dunvegan have labored tirelessly above 4 decades to restore the gardens to their previous glory and boost the customer experience for people, whilst providing habitats for wildlife.

New planting strategies and new design functions consist of a gazebo, a Victorian-style glasshouse, a yard museum, a children’s wild wooden perform area that includes The Bugvegan Insect Resort, and a 2.7-ton rotating marble sculpture christened The Dunvegan Pebble.

Clan MacLeod main and estate director Hugh MacLeod mentioned: “When I took over the administration of Dunvegan Castle & Gardens in 2008, I did not know a great deal about plants or bouquets, but I did have a really like of gardens.

“It has been thrilling to operate with our great team of gardeners and external contractors on all these important tasks to make the ‘wow’ factor, and to continue constructing on my late father’s legacy.

“Forty-4 a long time of investment decision, energy and care have manufactured Dunvegan Castle’s gardens what they are currently.

“Our long run programs involve enhanced accessibility, new paths and planting techniques, an once-a-year sculpture exhibition, extra interactive instructional encounters for young children, a wildflower meadow and increased visitor interpretation.”

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens is at the heart of the 41,000-acre MacLeod Estate on the Isle of Skye.

The estate also includes the MacLeod Tables Cafe, four retail outlets, five holiday break cottages, seal excursions, amenity woodlands, Dunvegan Pier, Glenbrittle Campsite, and Cuillin Coffee Co.

Dunvegan was awarded a £1 million grant from the Scottish Governing administration and EU for a indigenous woodland creation scheme in 2020.



The indigenous woodland development scheme is the to start with section of the MacLeod Estate’s evolving rewilding technique, which Mr MacLeod has been working on in the latest decades.

The 1st stage targeted on transforming the marginal land of Dunvegan’s previous residence farm, Totachocaire, into a 240-hectare indigenous woodland region that trebled the sizing of the present contiguous woodlands all over the castle and gardens.

A total of 372,000 trees will be planted with unique species mixtures to match the land’s terrain and ecology. The carbon offset is believed to exceed 40,000 tons more than a 65-12 months period of time.

This was in addition to the 60,000 indigenous trees planted by the estate in 2010, to swap a monoculture coniferous plantation relationship back again to the article-war many years, with even further rewilding and peatbog restoration strategies in improvement.

As one of the major native woodland projects on the Isle of Skye, it will provide the complete quantity of native trees planted on the MacLeod Estate because 2010 to 432,000.

Guests to the garden, voting in the RHS level of competition, built reviews such as: “So considerably variety and these types of a delight, a haven in the rugged landscape… with a little something spherical each corner.”

“Simply wonderful with talented and loving horticulturists. Their passion radiates by their work.”

Head gardener at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, Úna Craven, said: “I am so pleased that our gardens have been recognised by the RHS.

“It is a testomony to the difficult function of the focused back garden staff. Gardening at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens delivers an fascinating and gratifying mix of worries, be it the unpredictable Highland local climate with its superior rainfall and wind, or the shallow soil.

“Yet the crew regulate to keep and enrich this lovely garden oasis by combining bulbs, herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees in a very specific heritage location.

“It is an honour to get this RHS award.”