An Afternoon at Inverewe Garden

The second garden I want to share from visiting some of Scotland’s finest heritage gardens is Inverewe. This National Trust destination was relatively quiet the day I was there providing ample time to wander about at my own pace, photograph, explore and take in this lovely estate in the Scottish Highlands.


Located on the Atlantic coast near Poolewe in Wester Ross and noted for the breadth of its collection, Inverewe was created from barren land in 1862 by Osgood Mackenzie on the 850 hectares bought for him by his mother. Its situation where the Gulf Stream meets the Highlands provides a unique opportunity for rare species to thrive. I found the tiered gardens overlooking the bay particularly beautiful with mature hedges and stone walls surrounding the vast array of carefully managed botanical wonders. A very memorable experience indeed.

I love the calculated beauty of a seasoned and well-designed garden space, the thoughtful management of balance between natural elements and human engineering. But most of all I love the overall sense of order and serenity one experiences when walking through a garden.

Here are some vignettes that provide a glimpse of my afternoon at Inverewe. Some of the images I’ve posted here you may have already seen on Instagram, so please forgive the repetition. If you ever travel to Scotland I’d definitely put it on your list and give yourself a couple of hours to enjoy this enchanting place.


The walled gardens overlooking the bay.


The walkway of hedges was most memorable.


Details make the difference, it’s true in nature and it’s true in all matters of life.


A garden where its bark is its bite.


This door is simply beautiful.


Macro micro, a beautiful garden has both.