Castle Kennedy Gardens

sights / Parks & gardens

Lonely Planet review

Magnificent Castle Kennedy Gardens , 3 miles east of Stranraer, are among the most famous in Scotland. They cover 30 hectares and are set on an isthmus between two lochs and two castles (Castle Kennedy, burnt in 1716, and Lochinch Castle, built in 1864). The landscaping was undertaken in 1730 by the Earl of Stair, who used unoccupied soldiers to do the work. Buses heading east from Stranraer stop at the gate on the main road; it’s a pleasant 20-minute stroll from here to the entrance to the gardens.