Inverewe Garden and Peninsula, Wester Ross

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Start: Inverewe Garden Distance: 2.2 miles (3.6 km) Climbing: 145 metres
Grid Ref: NG862819 Time: 1-2 hours Rating: Easy
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Start: Inverewe Garden Distance: 2.2 miles (3.6 km)
Grid Ref: NG862819 Time: 1-2 hours
Climbing: 145 metres Rating: Easy
GPX Route File Google Earth File
Ordnance Survey Explorer Map (1:25,000)

Summary: This is a leisurely stroll suitable for all and I have decided to include it because of the spectacular gardens and views from the peninsula to Loch Ewe.

Note: National Trust Scotland manage the garden. See NT Scotland website for details.

The Walk:

Work on Inverewe Garden began in 1864Work on Inverewe Garden began in 1864
Fascinating tree trunks in Inverewe GardenFascinating tree trunks in Inverewe Garden

The walk was pleasant from start to finish. Inverewe Garden is beautiful and a real compliment must be paid to the visionary Osgood MacKenzie the creator of the gardens that he began transforming in 1864. The gardens were once a barren windswept landscape but he changed it into a thriving oasis of colour by recognising that the secluded bay and North Atlantic Drift allowed for the introduction of exotic plants from much southerly places, plants like giant rhododendrons, gum trees, daisy bushes, flowering bulbs and many many more. Lil and I loved our couple of hours meandering through the gardens and the surrounding peninsula.

Loch EweLoch Ewe
Giant plants in Inverewe GardenGiant plants in Inverewe Garden

The day was incredibly beautiful with a blanket of blue sky above us which made the colours more vivid than normal. We were so lucky as the populated regions of Scotland and all of England were suffering a dismal day and so in that knowledge we enjoyed our walk even more. We ventured out of the garden grounds to walk on the Peninsula pine plantation too, all was good on this stroll. Back in the gardens we tracked down to the jetty and another view over Loch Ewe. At another vantage point by the shoreline we looked out over the crystal blue water to Poolewe. Glorious.

Beauty around every cornerBeauty around every corner

In all we walked over two miles though a walled garden, a rock garden, a woodland walk, a pond garden, a woodland plantation, a bambooselem, to a jetty and a viewpoint and thoroughly enjoyed it all. I am sure you would too should you venture this far north on the British mainland. You should, the weather is a lot better.

View of Loch Ewe from Inverewe GardenView of Loch Ewe from Inverewe Garden
Near Inverewe HouseNear Inverewe House

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