These are well worth a visit. We went in early October and found them resplendent in the colours of Autumn.
Started by Baron Schroder in the late 19th century, and totally transformed after the 1980 storms by owner Nicky Macpherson, the Gardens are designed to frame the magnificent views of Skye and the surrounding hills.
Set in 20 acres, the Gardens encompass waterfalls, Monet bridges, meconopsis, bamboo, rhododendrons and candelabra primula reflected in dark pools. There are trees from all over the world, with over 2000 planted in the space of 20 years.
Sculptures are to be found in unexpected places, often hidden away in the foliage. The collection includes some particularly fine bronze specimens, among them a heron, crowned eagle, chameleon, cheetah, roe deer and wild boar.
From the drive and water gardens you are free to wander through the old Sunken garden, which looks out over a field of Highland cattle. Continuing through the Future Wood you pass the giant sundial and arrive at the Japanese garden, then the Old wood, old Rhododendron dell, Fernery, traditional Kitchen garden and plant sales, on to the Conservatory, with its eclectic collection of sub tropical plants, ending up at the DIY Tearoom/Café for some well earned refreshment : there is home baking, as well as books, magazines and a display of pictures and articles on the walls, depicting the development of the Gardens over the years.
The Gardens are situated on the A890 between Strathcarron and S. Strome, opposite the Attadale railway line, at a request stop. They are open from April to the end of October, closed Sundays. Entrance fees are Adult, £6.00; 65+, £4.00; Child, £1.00; Free to Wheelchair users; Dogs are welcome on short leads.