Castle Kennedy & Gardens


On A75, three miles east of Stranraer. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, nationally famous for rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, embothriums and spectacular early spring bulbs. Situated on a peninsula between two beautiful lochs, the gardens offer a choice of walks. The romantic ruins of Castle Kennedy, which was known to have been standing in 1482, was burned down in 1716 whilst the home of the 2nd Earl of Stair. Lochinch Castle, built in 1867 to replace Castle Kennedy, is the home of the present Earl and Countess of Stair. Perfect for exploring, there is a a charming tearoom serving light meals and cream teas, a gift shop, plant centre and seasonal activities. For events see website.

Contact Information

  01776 702024 or 01581 400225
  Visit the Castle Kennedy & Gardens website

Useful Information

Opening Times : Gardens: open all year 10am-5pm. Tearoom, shop and plant centre: open weekends 10am-5pm Feb, Mar and October. Daily 10am-5pm April 1-Sept 30.
Last Admission : Last admissions: 5pm.
Admission Prices : Adults £5, concessions £3.50, children £1.50, disabled free. Family ticket (2+2) £12.

Location Information