Events 2017



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Events 2017


Scottish Rhododendron Festival 2017 

1st April - 31st May - Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens


10th - 21st May Ardkinglas Ladies Garden

(CLOSED Saturday 13th May)

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden, a woodland garden in all its in spring glory

Visit the normally private Ladies Garden at Ardkinglas Estate to view the flowering of the Ghent and Rustica flore pleno Azaleas.

Some history into how they came about being here at Ardkinglas Estate

In 1914 because of the outbreak of the First World War a number of Belgian refugees arrived in Britain.  Several thousand of the found their way to Newcastle where John HB Noble (1865-1938) lived and worked.  He put some of them up on the estate at Sandhoe and some came with him to Ardkinglas in the summer and at Christmas.  At the end of the war John came to live full time at Ardkinglas with his family and a refugee family who had connections with a nursery in Belgium.  

On their return home, in appreciation of the help they had received, they sent a large shipment of Ghent and Rustica flore pleno Azaleas to Ardkinglas.  John's wife Amie planted these in the Ladies garden.  There is ongoing research into naming the plants. 

For more information on our Garden please click here 


Ardkinglas House Tours (April to September)

Private Tours Available all year round


House Tours which include access to the house garden are available every

Friday from 7th April to September. 

Please contact us to ensure the tour is going ahead.   £7.50 per person, £3.50 primary school children, younger ones free.

It is possible to book a private house tour all the year round (minimum charge applies).

Booking is essential for all house tours.

Please phone 01499 600261 or email 






Woodland Garden & The Gruffalo Trail


Open dawn to dusk every day (including the winter months). 

Admission by donation £5 per person, £15 per family.

All donations go towards the ongoing conservation and upkeep of this historic garden.