Relax at a Japanese Garden at Cowden

If you’re looking for a relaxing day out away from the stress of city life, then we’ve got the perfect trip to add to your stack – head to the Japanese Garden at Cowden and find your zen in a peaceful stroll around one of the most beautiful green spaces in Scotland.

How do I get to Japanese Garden at Cowden?

The garden is located 3/4 of a mile drive from the A91, on the Upper Hillfoot Road between Muckhart and Dollar.

Created more than 100 years ago by the famous Scottish adventurer Ella Christie, and designed by Taki Handa, this 7-acre site on the grounds of Cowden Castle is an oasis of tranquillity. The garden, centred around a small lake, is full of unique plants and flora and wildlife, with several different meandering paths and bridges to appreciate the serenity. The Christie walk, found adjacent to the garden, contains plants from all over the world to represent her travels including American, Tibetan, Indian and Chinese flora. You can also enjoy a walk through their woodlands, with activities for families bringing their children. Let the kids enjoy the Stewart Woodland adventure while mum and dad sit down with a tea or coffee from Katie Croy’s lovely tea room, where you can also get delicious home-baked meals.

  • Open 10:30am – 4:00pm every day (10:00am-5:00pm summertime, last admission 3pm).
  • Adult: £7.00, Child: £4.50 (4 to 16 years old), Concession: £6.50 (seniors & students), Family: £22.00 (2 adults & up to 3 children).
  • Approximately a 1-hour drive from Glasgow or 45 minutes from Edinburgh.
  • There is a restriction on the number of visitors so advanced booking is recommended.

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