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Bolfracks Gardens Aberfeldy

Bolfracks Gardens Aberfeldy started life back in the 1750s. They are the oldest continuous gardens open to the general public in Highland Perthshire and have been awarded the 3 Star Garden Grading Award by Visit Scotland.

The gardens are built on the side of the Tay valley, on a north facing slope. Because of this the gardens there are excellent vies across the valley seeing as far as Castle Menzies. Bolfracks house was built in the 17th century by the Earl of Breadalbane in distinctive Gothic style. Enlarged in the 19th century when Queen Victoria helped make Scotland a popular destination.

The Bolfracks Burn (stream) garden was planned and constructed by Ian Lawrie of Dundee in 1928. The lovely little summerhouse was built in the 1930s for the Mr J Douglas Hutchison, his brother, and sisters when children. From 1970's Mr J Douglas Hutchison was create the gardens you see today.

Bolfracks Gardens has collections of unusual and rare plants. These include a walled garden with herbaceous borders. Trees, shrubs and perennials and a stream garden with rhododendrons, azaleas, primulas, meconopsis etc., in a woodland setting.

What we love about the gardens, is that the garden areas are divided in to separate and very distinct spaces. Walking up from the public entrance, with the main house on your left. You gain height passing through an old garden arch and gateway to see the lawns.

In spring Bolfracks gardens has masses of bulbs. It comes alive with colour. In the autumn the garden is alive with autumn colours.

Bolfracks Gardens Aberfeldy are open every day from 1st April - 31st October 10 to 6pm. Admission £5, under 16s free. No dogs allowed.

Directions: You will find the gardens, sign posted off the A827 Aberfeldy to Kenmore and Loch Tay Road. They have a commanding view over the road and River Tay.