St Andrews Botanic Garden
ST ANDREWS, FIFE
St Andrews Botanic Garden grows around 8,000 species of herbaceous plants, ferns, shrubs and trees from around the world – some are native to Scotland. The Heath Garden showcases heathers including the 7ft Tree Heath that flowers in the winter; also here are the Irish Juniper, rhododendrons, willows and herbaceous borders. The Woodland Garden, on a steep, terraced bank, includes Asiatic calcfuges and eighty varieties of dwarf rhododendrons; The Rock Garden displays a vast number of alpines not only from Scotland but from some of the world’s highest altitudes. Visitors to these botanic gardens can also see the Water Garden with its series of falls, ponds and pools, and the glasshouse where more tender plants will be found; it is divided into different areas – alpines; orchids; temperate; Mediterranean; succulents; plant displays; and the corridor where three sections display tropical, warm temperate and cool temperate plants.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Some areas of woodland with steep incline and rock garden. No access to temperate houses but all others accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open daily, Apr-Sep 10-6; Oct-Mar 10-4
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About the area
This 20-mile wide peninsula between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay is an ancient kingdom, once the home of Scotland’s kings and saints. Despite its modern bridges it still seems curiously detached from the rest of the country. Travelling along Fife’s grand coastline reveals a fascinating legacy of caves, castles, and ancient fishing ports. Blend coast and countryside by following stretches of the Fife Coastal Path, or take an exhilarating trek in the Fife Regional Park.
St Andrews has a unique place in Scotland’s heritage. According to legend, the city was founded by St Regulus in the 4th century, who was carrying relics of St Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, when his ship was wrecked off the coast. Thereafter, the town grew as an important religious centre, eventually home to the largest church in Scotland, now an attractive ruin, with the powerful bishops wielding great influence over church and state. Today, St Andrews is famous for its university, the oldest in Scotland, and as a world golfing mecca. The Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club claims to have 15th century origins and to play a round on these hallowed links is many golfers’ dream.
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