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    • Inverewe Geolocation Longitude 57.77507° Latitude N, -5.5968256° E
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    From Inverness take the A835, then the A832. Road, the trip takes you through some stunning Highland scenery, it takes around 90 mins to get there.

    This famous Inverewe Highland Garden at Poolewe on Loch Ewe was founded by a sportsman Laird, Osgood Mackinzie in 1862, Mrs M, T, Sawyer daughter of the founder, presented the garden to the National Trust for Scotland in 1952.

    The gardens are a lush, sub-tropical-style, oasis perched on a peninsula at the edge of Loch Ewe amid the rugged landscape of Wester Ross, this world-famous historic garden is one of Scotland’s most popular botanical attractions.

    It is surrounded by an extensive estate managed for conservation. Encompassing 2000 acres the estate is home to many species of mammals and birds, the garden has become one of the outstanding tourist attractions in the west highlands.

    In the mid 19th century the site was a barren rocky promontory with a single bush of dwarf willow, soil was imported, reputed to have been bought from Ireland.

    Laird, Osgood Mackinzie concentrated on the walled garden, reclaiming seashore with good soil giving rise to shelter belts of trees to break the salt laden westerly gales from the Atlantic, over the years established conditions have allowed all manner of exotic flowers and shrubs to flourish Here you can find trail paths give visitors the opportunity to get closer to nature, that he created, woodland walks amongst which he planted a variety of species collected from around the world, like tree ferns from Australia, magnificent magnolias, towering Eucalyptus, Monterey pines, Scandinavian pines and endless variations of Rhododendrons, By the end of the century he had established one of the finest collections in Scotland of temperate plants from both Northern and Southern hemispheres. with the warm moist gulf stream climate allowing the plants to thrive.

    The garden has something for everyone at any time of year 

    Today Inverewe garden continues to be developed by the small but dedicated garden team and is a riot of colour from April through to late Autumn. In the spring Inverewe is celebrated for its rhododendron collection which begin flowering in January and carry through most of the year.

    In summer the walled garden and borders come into their own with many exotic plants from all over the world.

    • Inverewe Geolocation Longitude 57.77507° Latitude N, -5.5968256° E
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    • Poolewe Latitude Geolocation 57.765127 Longitude -5.605191
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    Poolewe, This attractive little Highland village at the head of Loch Ewe, where the river enters it after flowing across the neck of land from Loch Maree owes its fame to the nearby Inverewe Gardens.

    In the I 860s Osgood Mackenzie came into possession of a small estate which included Am Ploc Ard ('the High Lump'), a piece of bleak desolate peat covered land, its only vegetation heather, crowberry and two dwarf willow trees. Mackenzie had a love of nature and, aware that the district had a mild winter climate due to the influence of the Gulf Stream which sends warm water round the shores of the West Highlands, he decided to establish a garden.

    This vision presented a number of practical problems, but he persevered by planting shelter trees and bushes.

    He commented: 'For four or five years my poor peninsula looked miserable, but at last we could see some bright specks appearing above the heather.' These were the pine trees, which required another 20 years of growing before they were able to offer the necessary shelter for the exotic plants that Mackenzie wanted in his garden.

    The end result can be seen today, a tribute to a man who disregarded failure and realized the impossible: a garden chock-full with trees, plants and shrubs which give pleasure to the more than 100,000 visitors annually who journey to Inverewe. Now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, it is essentially a spring garden, best visited in late A1.ay or early June when the magnificent rhododendrons are at their peak. But other splendid sights can be seen at other times during the year.