Visitor Information

Location

The gardens are located at the heart of Galloway House Estate, Garlieston, on the "Machars" peninsula of Wigtownshire, south west Scotland.

You will most likely arrive in Garlieston on the B7004. 400m after passing the Garlieston sign you will arrive at a crossroads. go straight across on to the estate road. At the second right turn (large oak tree) you will see a sign to our car park. Head up the hill with Galloway House on your left and the car park will be on your left.

General

We would like to offer some informal advice for your visit to the gardens and shore to help protect and maintain the grounds for your enjoyment.

The arboretum, woodlands and shore are open all year. Opening times may vary from time to time but normally we are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The walled garden is closed to the general public owing to the condition of some of the structures. Accompanied access is possible by arrangement with the Trustees. We are actively fundraising to reverse this closure.

Parts of the gardens may be closed to visitors for a variety of reasons including: private functions, maintenance or safety. This may happen at short notice so please read the notice board in the car park on arrival. Some areas, in particular the grass walks, and the whole woodland garden may be closed for your safety owing to adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain or high winds. Please observe notices and act accordingly.

Bicycles must be keep to the hard road/paths all times.

Dogs are welcome but on leads and under control. Dog excrement should be cleared from paths and areas of mown lawn in the interests of hygiene and enjoyment. There are no dog waste disposal facilities in the gardens.

No unauthorised vehicles are permitted within the grounds. There is no vehicular access to the shore. All visitors’ vehicles must be left in the car park at the owner’s risk.

Riding or exercising of horses is permitted on the shore and only with prior permission.

Camping or lighting fires anywhere in the grounds or shore is not permitted without prior permission.

If you are disabled and require assistance please call 01988 600789 for advice and guidance. We will do our best to assist but please note we do not have permanent staff.

Visitors using the shore, and particularly those with children, are asked to make themselves aware of tide times and heed changing weather conditions. The shore is a natural environment and may contain hidden dangers so please respect the nature of the surroundings and play it safe at all times. Numerous and various items are washed in with the tide, some possibly hazardous. If in doubt, please do not handle any suspect objects.

Launching or mooring boats between the high and low water marks is strictly by prior arrangement with the landowner.

Parking charges are indicated at the meter in the car park. Any additional donations are welcome. All contributions go directly towards the upkeep of the gardens. Season tickets are encouraged for regular visitors. During busier periods overspill car parking is available on the right hand side of the access road to the gardens. If overspill parking applies, please park responsibly and don’t block gateways or other visitor’s vehicles. Parking charges apply in all cases.

Galloway House and Garlieston House are privately owned. These properties are not open to the public and all visitors are asked to respect owner’s privacy.

Please help protect the natural environment. Keep the gardens and shore tidy and dispose of any litter responsibly.

Warning to visitors: owing to tidal variations, artefacts from the WW2 Mulberry Harbour activities may become partially exposed on the sands from time to time at Rigg Bay. Please be aware these may be sharp, rusty and difficult to see. These items may pose a danger to walkers and/or swimmers. Parents should keep children away from them. Dogs and horses are also at risk.

Thank you for taking the time to read this notice and we hope you really enjoy your visit and are encouraged to return.

The charge for car parking meter is £3.00 per car per day. If the meter is out of order please contribute in the strong box in the hut. Additional donations can also be made at the hut.

Season tickets are available to frequent visitors.

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