Inverewe (Inverewe Garden & Estate)
Inverewe Garden & Estate is one of Scotland's most popular botanical gardens. It sits on a peninsula on the edge of Loch Ewe among the rugged landscape of the Wester Ross area of the Scottish Highlands. Inverewe garden was set up as a sub-tropical style oasis with exotic plants from all over the world. Some of the species found here include the most northerly planting of rare Wollemi pines, Himalayan blue poppies, olearia from New Zealand, Tasmanian eucalyptus, and rhododendrons from China, Nepal and the Indian subcontinent.
Despite being so far north, plants thrive at Inverewe due to the warm currents of the Gulf Stream and the foresight of Osgood Mackenzie who created the garden in 1862. At the time, he planted over 100 acres of woodland to shelter the garden. The garden is also part of a larger estate managed for conservation. The estate covers an area of 2,000 acres and is home to many species of mammals and birds. Trails give visitors the opportunity to be closer to nature and the wildlife.