Located less than 40 minutes from the Dunalastair Hotel Suites in nearby Pitlochry, the famous Explorers Garden has been long enjoyed as one of Perthshire’s top Scottish holiday attractions, as much for its fascinating glimpse into Scotland’s past as for its beautiful display of rare flora and fauna.
Open daily from April 1st to October 31st, the gardens have long been popular with those looking to add something extra special to their itinerary when visiting Perthshire on a family break, as well as with those enjoying some well-earned downtime between scaling the hills and valleys on their group activity break.
Whatever your reason for coming to stay with us at our luxury hotel in Perthshire next year, here’s just a few reasons why you absolutely must visit the Pitlochry Explorers Garden on your next stay.
A Unique Insight into Highland History
The story of the world famous Scottish Plant Hunters is truly the stuff of legend. Backed by the Royal Horticultural Society as well as a number of wealthy private collectors, these brave men journeyed to the furthest corners of the Earth, collecting, curating, and cultivating never-before-seen plants and flowers.
Not that their work was anything like a leisurely walk in the park. For these men, their adventures were fraught with danger at every turn. By overcoming such adversity the Scottish Plant Hunters introduced species of flora and fauna which really did change the world, and continue to play a role in our lives – and our gardens at home – to this day.
Don’t just take our word for it though. As you follow the guided tours, admire the stunning architecture, and enjoy the occasional live performances, you’ll learn the fascinating stories of the Scottish Plant Hunters in a way that will long-after serve as one of your fondest memories of your Scottish holiday.
Explore Rare Flora and Fauna
As you might well expect from a botanical garden, the venue is home to some incredibly beautiful plants and flowers many of them so rare and priceless that you won’t find them anywhere else in the world.
Whether you’re a budding botanist or simply have an appreciation for the wonders of Mother Nature, the Explorer Gardens’ amazing flora and fauna are well worth a visit.
Play Your Part in Conserving the Scottish Highlands’ Natural Beauty
Whilst you may be staying at our luxury hotel near Pitlochry to simply relax and unwind, those of you feeling inspired by the natural beauty of the Scottish Highlands can play a small role in preserving it simply by visiting the Explorers Garden.
The team of staff and volunteers behind the attraction work tirelessly on a number of conservation projects throughout the year. By going along and paying the small entry fee (£4 per person, £9 for families), you’ll be supporting the team in this very important work.
See Some Amazing, Unique Works of Art
Whilst it’s the history and the botanical wonderland which serve as the Explorer Gardens’ main attractions, many visitors later say that a highlight of their Scottish holiday was enjoying the unique works of art to be found throughout the gardens.
From awe-inspiring paintings and digital photography to horticultural art made with the very plants and shrubbery, the Garden’s numerous temporary and permanent art exhibitions are as inspiring as they are captivating.
Take a Little Piece of the Highlands Home with You
Those looking for the perfect moment of their Highland break will be pleased to find that the Explorer Gardens has its own shop and nursery, where you can purchase a large selection of plants, from the common everyday variety to some altogether rare gems.