Dunvegan Castle's Gardens

With spring just around the corner, I'm inspired to share some pics with you from some of Scotland's most beautiful gardens. Today's is about the gardens at Dunvegan Castle.

Flowers growing in the old walls.

 A walk through Dunvegan's gardens is a real treat for the senses. There are trails through the cool, shady woods. And you will walk over picturesque bridges surrounded by flowers. The fragrances are wonderful. You will hear the waterfall long before you see it. It is enchanting.

These gardens were originally designed and planted in the 1700s and were also replanted over the years.

A lot of the Isle of Sky is beautiful barren moorland an rocky hills which makes this lush garden a surprising oasis. In addition to Dunvegan's gardeners, a major help to the plants here is the Gulf Stream which warms the site.

Lupines and other plants before the beautiful old stone walls and benches.

A long gravel path in one of the formal gardens.

Benches are scattered about in the center so you can rest from your walk.

Red lupines and columbines.

Blue lupines.

Columbines and lupines.

Catmint in front of the old stone wall.

The water garden.

A closer view of the waterfall.
I hope you've enjoyed this visit to Dunvegan's beautiful gardens. :)

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Màiri Norris said...

Vonda, I loved, loved, loved Dunvegan's gardens! I think I took more photos there than I did in all the rest of Scotland put together. The waterfall was enchanted. This a garden not to be missed.
Looking forward to reading Kissing the Highlander!

Vonda Sinclair said...

I'm so glad you visited it, Mairi! Isn't it wonderful? I agree about the waterfall. Thank you!!

Alanna Lucas said...

The photos are wonderful! Thank you for sharing :-)

Collette Cameron said...

Wow, the photos are spectacular!

Dana D'ANgelo said...

Amazing pictures, Vonda! Love them all!

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Gorgeous photos, Vonda. With our snow melting around us today, it makes me look forward to seeing flowers again. I just looked out my office window and can see green. It has been white out there for months. :) We will probably have more snow, but today it looks like spring. Ducks preening in the river and two swans floated by earlier. Today is a good day.

Vonda Sinclair said...

Thank you Alanna, Collette, Dana, and Paisley!! I'm so glad we can see those little glimpses of spring.