The Village of Killearn, Scotland

Scotland's Gardens Scheme 2019
Gardens Opening in the Area

Scotland's Gardens Scheme is a registered Scottish charity (No. SCO11337) which was founded in 1931 to support the Queen's Nursing Institute, Scotland. Now around 400 gardens open to the public each year. The owners donate entry fees and revenue from teas and plant sales to support the beneficiary charities.

The owner of a garden which is open under the scheme may donate up to 60% of the day's takings to registered charities of their own choice. In 2019 many different charities, some small local charities and some large well known organisations, will benefit in this way. 40% of the funds raised, net of expenses, will be given to the three core beneficiaries of the scheme :-

For up-to-date information on openings visit the Scotland's Gardens website at

By arrangement 1 February to 31 December.

Rowberry, 18 Castle Road, Dollar FK14 7BE.

On the road up to Castle Campbell and overlooking Dollar Glen. In Dollar pass along the burn side, turn right at the "T" junction then follow the signs for Castle Campbell and Dollar Glen. Park at the bottom of Castle Road or in Quarry car park just up from the house.

A colourful garden which featured in the "Beechgrove Garden" in summer 2011. There are several mixed shrub and herbaceous borders, a wildlife pond, two rockeries, fruit and vegetable gardens, a mini-orchard and alpine troughs. The owner is a plantaholic and likes to collect unusual specimens.

Part wheelchair access, dogs allowed on lead.

Admission £4.00, children free. Donations to Hillfoot Harmony Barbershop Singers and SGS charities.

By arrangement 1 February to 30 November (Including Snowdrops and Winter Walks).

Duntreath Castle, Blanefield G63 9AJ.

Located on A81 north of Glasgow between Blanefield and Killearn.

The Castle has extensive gardens with mixture of mature and new planting. Ornamental landscaped lake and a bog garden. Extensive lawns below formal fountain and rose parterre with herbaceous border leading up to an attractive waterfall garden with shrubs and spring planting. Stunning display of snowdrops along the side of the former drive. There is a good variety of herbaceous planting round the formal lawn overlooked by by three terraces of ornamental shrubs. There is a Woodland walk and a 15th century keep and chapel.

Full disabled access, dogs allowed on lead only.

Admission £4.00, children free. All proceeds to SGS charities.

9 February to 27 September (Monday to Friday only) 11:00-15:30.
Also Sunday 19 May 14:00-17:00.

Gargunnock House Garden, Gargunnock, FK8 3AZ.

5 Miles west of Stirling on A811, follow the Scotland's Gardens signs. Car parking at entrance by the lodge.

Large mature garden with walled garden, well established house garden, woodland walks with species and hybrid rhododendrons, massed planting of azaleas and wonderful specimen trees. Snowdrops in February to March, over 40 varieties of daffodils in April, and glorious Azaleas and Rhododendrons in May. In autumn, stunning colours from the wonderful trees along the drive to the house. The 3 acre walled garden contains perennial borders, cut flower beds, greenhouses, fruit orchard and newly planted arboretum of specimen trees.

Full disabled access, dogs allowed on lead only. Guided tours available for partiers with refreshments. Please arrange by using e-mail "". Please not Gargunnock House will not be open. Plant stalls at rear of Gargunnock House and in Walled Garden (Rhododendrons, Azaleas and shrubs).

On 19 May there will be a plant sale and teas will be available from Gargunnock House.

Admission £4.00 (19 May £5), children free. Honesty box at the car park. Contributions to Scotland's Charity Air Ambulance, Gargunnock Community Trust and SGS charities.

By arrangement 24 February to 30 September and Sunday 30 June 14:00-17:00.
Note change of date from 5 May as published in the "Yellow Book".

Kilbryde Castle, Dunblane FK15 9NF. Off A820 Doune to Dunblane road, 3 miles from Doune and Dunblane. On Garden Scheme days, it is signposted from the A820.

Kilbryde Castle gardens, which featured in "Scotland on Sunday" in September 2016, cover around 12 acres above the Ardoch Burn and below the castle. They are split into three sections - formal, woodland and wild. Spring bulbs (including huge drifts of snowdrops in the wild garden during February and March) and autumn colour provided by clematis and acers. Natural planting of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias in the woodland garden. There was some new planting in 2017 for additional late summer/autumn colour.
On 30 June only cream teas will be available, plant stall.
Partial disabled access. Dogs allowed on lead.

Admission £5, children free. Donations to Leighton Library and SGS charities.

21 March to 21 September dawn to dusk and Sunday 28 April 14:00 to 17:00.

Glenarn, Glenarn Road, Rhu, Helensburgh G84 8LL.

On A814, two miles north of Helensburgh, up Pier Road. Cars to be left at gate unless passengers are infirm.

Glenarn survives as a complete example of a 10 acre garden that spans from 1850 to the present day. Sheltered woodland garden overlooking the Gareloch. There are winding paths through glens under a canopy of oak and lime and sunlit open spaces. Glenarn is famous for its collection of rare and tender rhododendrons but there are many other horticultural delights including fine magnolias and other interesting trees and shrubs. In season there are profusions of snowdrops, crocus, daffodils, erythroniums and primulas with roses and climbing hydrangeas through the trees in high summer. There is a vegetable garden with beehives and a rock garden, full of surprise and season long colour, with views over the Gareloch.

On 28 April there will be a plant sale with magnolias, rhododendrons, maples, mecanopsis and other ericaceous plants raised from cuttings from Glenarn plants or from specialist seed exchanges. Lots of other interesting plants will be available. Tea, coffee and home made scones will be availableand Glenarn Honey will be for sale.

There is no general catering but catering for groups can be provided by prior arrangement. Partial wheelchair access, dogs onlead only.

Admission £5.00, no charge to accompanied children under 16. Donation to SGS charities.

Sunday 23 June 14:00-17:00, and by arrangement 1 April to 15 October.

Thorntree, Arnprior FK8 3EY.

A811, take Fintry Road from Arnprior, garden is second on the right.

The amazing views from Ben Lomond to Ben Ledi and on to Stirling sold Thorntree to Mark and Carol Seymoor 25 years ago. The garden evolved while trying to keep a "cottage" feel. The dry stone wall was financed by selling old silver. Mark was given an apple arch to encourage him into the garden. The lawns are mown by Mark to bowling green standards. The courtyard includes flower beds. The Saltire bed was designed in 2002 when Carol stopped growing dried flowers in a 20x20 metre square. The slightly sunken bed, which they inherited on arrival, now holds Mecanopsis. The garden continues to evolve and Carol is now making a wooded area filled with primroses and Martagon lilies.

Plant are for sale throughout the year, full disabled access, no dogs except guide dogs.

Admission £4.00, accompanied children free. Donatins to Forth Driving Group RDA and SGS beneficiaries.

By arrangement 19 April to 16 June and 1 September to 25 October.

Dun Dubh, Kinlochard Road, Aberfoyle, FK8 3TJ.

Full directions will be given when contacting the garden.
Contact Callum Pirnie, Head Gardener on 01877 382698 or e-mail

A late Victorian garden of 6 acres which is undergoing restoration and development. It is set on a series of terraces and slopes, which run down to the shore of Loch Ard, with superb views west to Ben Lomond framed by stands of mature conifers. There is an enclosed, colour themed, formal garden on three terraces and a new Victorian style glasshouse overlooking a terraced kitchen and fruit garden. A formal paved terrace at the front of the house overlooks a newly developed rock garden and crag. The lower walk from the boat house to the main lawn gives views across the Loch. A developing woodland garden leads to a formal, late summer, herbaceous border and a terraced heather garden.

This garden featured on "The Beechgrove Garden" in May 2014 and "Scottish Field" in November 2014.

Admission £4.00 accompanied children free. Groups welcome. 60% to Help for Heroes, net remaining to SGS beneficiaries.

By arrangement 1 May to 30 September and Sunday 29 July 14:00-17:30 and

The Tors, 2 Slamannan Road, Falkirk FK1 5LG

The B803 to the south of Falkirk leads to Glenbrae Road. Turn right at the traffic lights into Slammannan Road. The Tors is a Victorian building immediately on the left. The Torrs is within 200 yards of Falkirk High Station

The Tors is an award winning mixed Victorian garden of just over 0ne acre with a secret woodland garden to one side and an orchard and wild area to the rear. Many unusual Maple trees, hydrangeas and rhododendrons are the main interest in this garden along with several wildlife ponds and water features. There are two fine avenues of Chinese paperbark maples. The garden was featured in the "Beechgrove Garden" for autumn colour in September 2010, but the best time to see the garden is at the end of July or the beginning of August. "Scotland on Sunday" featured the house and garden in an article with many lovely photographs in September 2015.

Plant stall and homemade teas. Full disabled access. No dogs except guide dogs.

Admission £4.00 accompanied children free. Donations to Strathcarron Hospice and SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 12 May 14:00-17:00.

Hutcheson Farm, Auchinlay Road, Dunblane FK15 9JS.

From A820 turn down Kilbryde Crescent and into Auchinlay Road, about 2 miles. Note satnav stops short.
From Kinbuck follow the yellow SGS signs. Parking in adjascent field.

This is a slowly evolving young garden of about an acre on the site of a demolished farm steading. The initial plantings of trees and hedges are beginning to give shelter to rhododendrons and azaleas (many of which have been grown from cuttings by the owners) and other shrubs, perennials and bulbs. There is a small walled vegetable garden, a rockery and a pond with views of Sheriffmuir as the backdrop.

Plant stall and homemade teas. Part disabled access.

Admission £4.00, children free. Donations to Society of Friends of Dunblane Cathedral and SGS charities.

By arrangement 14 May to 10 June.

Arndean by Dollar, FK14 7NH.

Arndean is well signposted off the A977.

A beautiful mature garden, which has been opening for 40 years, extending to 15 acres including a woodland walk. There is a formal herbaceous part, a small vegetable garden and an orchard. In addition there are flowering shrubs, abundant and striking rhododendrons and azaleas, and many fine specimen trees. There is a tree house for children.

Groups welcome, full disabled access, dogs allowed on lead.

Admission £5.00, accompanied children free. 60% to Marie Curie Cancer Care, net remaining to SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 19 May 14:00-17:00.

Ross Priory, Gartocharn G83 8NL.

Off A811 1½ miles from Gartocharn. Bus Balloch to Gartocharn leaves Balloch at 13:52.

1812 Gothic addition by James Gillespie Graham to a house of 1693 (the house itself will not be open). The adjoining garden has wonderful views over Loch Lomond. A good selection of Rhododendrons and azaleas which are the principle plants in the garden, with a varied selection shrubs and trees. Spectacular spring bulbs, border planting of herbaceous perennials, shrubs and trees. An extensive walled garden with glasshouses, a pergola and ornamental planting. Family burial ground. There are nature and garden trails. Play area and putting green by the house.

Partial wheelchair access. Home made teas and plant stall in walled garden, dogs allowed on lead except in walled garden.

Admission £5 children free. Donations to CHAS, Friends of Loch Lomond and SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 26 May 13:00 to 17:00.

Bridge of Allan Gardens, Bridge of Allan, FK9.

Signposted from village.

This year's Open Gardens will be a mixture of a few larger gardens and some smaller one. A Victorian Garden has a small Japanese Garden with a dry stream opening into a dry pond with a turtle island in the middle. Various Japanese plants surround. One of the larger gardens is divided into different "Rooms" with various plantings, and a variety of sculptures and water features. Many Bridge of Allan gardens ae particularly good in spring so you should see varieties of azaleas, rhododendrons, magnolias, camelias and spring blossoms.

Teas from 13:30 at St. Saviour's Church Hall, Keir Street. Tickets and maps will be avaialbe at all the open gardens. More details will be available from the SGS website.

Part wheelchair access, plant stall, dogs allowed on lead.

Admission £5.00, accompanied children free. Donations to St. Saviour's Episcopal Church, Bridge of Allan, Artlink Central Ltd and SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 2 June 14:00 to 17:00.

Coldoch, Blairdrummond, Stirling, FK9 4XD.

Will be signposted from the A84. Take A873 for Aberfoyle, after just under one mile turn left in to Coldoch Road, B8031, and continue for approximately half a mile. The entrance is marked by wrought iron gates on the left.

The garden at Coldoch is sheltered by belts of mature woodland on three sides and looks south over the Carse of Stirling. The parterre courtyard garden and border have replaced the old farm buildings and lead onto a kitchen arden created using the three old walls of an earlier rose garden. There are less formal areas including a stream, a pond, paddocks and woodland. The drives are lined with old oaks and sycamores together with new trees from Eastern Europ and Central Asia and some fine cherry trees.

Home made teas, plant stall, part wheelchair access, dogs on lead only.

Admission £5.00, accompanied children free. Donations to St Modocs Episcopal Church and SGS beneficiaries.

Wednesday 5 June 17:00-20:00.

The Japanese Garden at Cowden, Dollar, Clackmannanshire, FK14 7PJ

The entrance is from the Upper Hillfoot Road, approximately a half mile west from the junction with the A91.
There is limited public transport, the Stirling to St. Andrews bus, No. 23, stops at "Cowden Farm Road End", at the east end of the Upper Hillfoot Road just before the Pools of Muckhart. From here there is a half mile walk, with no pavement, to the entrance.

The Japanese Garden at Cowden, created in 1908, is listed as an important example of its type in Western Europe. Nestled beneath the Ochil Hills the seven acre garden wraps around a large pond. Enjoy the meandering perimeter walk by the water, taking in the changing scenes created by sculpted landforms, carefully placed stones, clipped shrubs and original stone lanterns. This historic garden is undergoing restoration so this is an opportunity to see the project in its early stages.

Home made teas, partial wheelchair access.

Admission £6.00 accompanied children free. Donation to Cowden Castle SCIO, St James the Great Scottish Episcopal Church, Dollar and SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 9 June 14:00-17:00.

Kippenrait with St Blanes House, Sheriffmuir, Dunblane, FK15 0LP.

These gardens are about one and a half miles apart. For Kippenrait turn up Glen Road from Fourway roundabout, Dunblane. After 3/4 mile, turn left signosted Sheriffmuir, and after about 1/4 mile turn right onto drive.
St Blanes House is almost directly opposite Dunblane library.

Kippenrait FK15 0LP Created over the last 14 years from a field, the garden has great views over the Carse of Stirling, east to Dumyat and to mountains in the west. Delightful 21/2 acres of spring bulbs, rhododendrons, azaleas and other spring flowering shrubs, primulas and specimen trees. There is a small orchard and a water feature.

St Blanes House FK15 0ER. Opened as part of Dunblane gardens in 2010. Well established 2 acre garden with a wide variety of trees, rhododendrons, azaleas and other shrubs and herbaceous perennials. There is a short walk through a wooded area.

Paths may be slippery. Partial disabled access, teas.

Admission £5.00, children free. Donation to Turn2us and the Forth Driving Group SCIO, net remaining to SGS charities.

15 June to 15 October, by arrangement.

Gardener's Cottage Walled Garden, Ballochruin Road, Killearn, G63 9QB.

From A811 from Stirling take turning to Balfron A875 and go right through the village towards Killearn. Just through Boquhan take turning on right signposted Balfron Station. Entrance to drive second on left.
From A81 from Milngavie, drive through Killearn and after about 1/2 mile (on steep twisting road) take left turn to Balfron Station then turn into the gravel road just after Carbeth Home Farm and follow yellow SGS signs.
If using sat-nav do not use our postcode as this takes you to wrong place! Follow your sat-nav to G63 0LF, which is Carbeth Home Farm. We are the next entrance (gravel road) below the farm.

The walled garden, acquired by the present owners in 2013, has been planted with extensive herbaceous borders with box hedging, roses and many unusual plants. There is a white garden, a long shrub border with primulas and gentians. The restored Victorian Fernery has peach and pear trees and a collection of Salvias. June is a good time to visit when the roses are in bloom and the borders, with lupins, peonies and other perennials are in flower. In late summer the borders have argyanthemums, dahlias, rudbeckias, Michaelmas daisies and blue aconitums. The garden is surrounded by mature conifers of the Designed Landscape of Carbeth and there a fine views of the Campsie Fells.
The garden won the Hidden Gardens of Killearn trophy at the Killearn Cottagers' Horticultural Society Shows in 2014 and 2015.

Partial disabled access. Groups welcome.

Admission £5.00 children free. Donation to British Horse Society Scotland, net remaining to SGS charities.

Sunday 21 July, 12:00-16:00

43 Thornton Avenue, Bonnybridge, FK4 1AR..

Signed from the A803. Bus access from Glasgow.
Please park with consideration for the other houses in the area.

A hidden garden on a corner site, almost in the shadow of the Antonine Wall. Over 450 plants, mostly names, with nearly a half in pots and containers. The display is outstanding and should inspire oters to try gardening whatever the size of their plot.

Teas, there may be a plant stall.

Admission £3.00, accompanied children free. Donations to Support Adoption for Pets and SGS beneficiaries.

Sunday 4 August, 14:00-17:00.

60 Greenhead, Alva, Clackmannanshire, FK12 5HH

Signed from te A91.
Please park with consideration for the other houses in the area.

A hidden garden in Alva, behind the Primary School. The garden is divided into "Rooms" with themes, two are mediterranean and Oriental. There is extensive planting and clever use of pots throughout with recycled materials much in evidence. There is a wide variety of shrubs, perennials, annuals, vegetables and fruit. There is also a pond and small wildlife area. The garden is an inspiration for those trying to garden in a small space.

Admission £3, children free. Donations to CAP: Stirling/Clacks Debt Centre and SGS beneficiaries.