Traveling the spectacular west coast of Scotland it’s not the first thing which poped into our minds to visit a botanical garden as the rugged landscape of Wester Ross in the North-West Highlands itself is astonishing enough. It wouldn’t be Scotland if the weather wouldn’t cut it’s capers. Instead of heading off to our planned three hours hike in unsteady weather we decided to give Inverewe Garden a shot.
We were very surprised to see the parking lot almost full with cars and tour buses in this remote location. The smart manager of Inverewe Garden must have had the good idea to offer special shaded parking spots for people with dogs as they are not allowed in. First time I saw such a thing. I was very pleased.
Inverewe Garden is certainly on the international tourist route as we heard all languages from Spanish to Dutch and German as we queued for the tickets. I got a good introduction at the counter with a map what we shouldn’t miss as it was in bloom at the moment and how far it was to walk from one side to the other. The estate encompasses 2000 acres. 100 acres is woodland which shelters the gardens. It takes about 1 1/2 hours to walk most of the paths.
Coincidentally we stepped first into the part where South African plants flower. Nothing new for George and also I recognized some of the plants, especially the unfriendly spiky once! In South Africa almost all plants have thorns, probably as protection against the abundant wildlife.
And of course, there is a fully stocked gift shop and restaurant.
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