Scotland's Gardens

Portrack House


Portrack, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation


Twisted undulating landforms and terraces designed by Charles Jencks as "The Garden of Cosmic Speculation" surrounding an original 18th century manor house with Victorian addition; an octagonal folly library; lakes designed by Maggie Keswick; rhododendrons, large greenhouse in a geometric kitchen garden of the Six Senses; Glengower Hill plantation and view; woodland walks with Nonsense Building (architect: James Stirling); Universe cascade and rail garden of the Scottish Worthies; interesting sculpture including that of DNA and Comet Bridge.

*** THE OPENING DATE FOR 2016 WILL BE SUNDAY 1 MAY *** Please see our News page for further details.


Holywood one and a half miles off A76, five miles north of Dumfries.

Garden Openings

Sunday 1 May 12:00pm - 5:00pm Please note the car park will not be open before noon


£7.00, concessions £5.00 and children under 16 free. There is no charge for parking.


Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres receives 40%, the net remaining to SG Beneficiaries

Features & Catering

  • Disabled Access
  • Teas available.

Other Details

Payment at the gate only, there are no pre-sale tickets available. Parking is provided in fields next to the garden. The car park will open at 12 noon and close at 5pm. You will be directed to a space by the attendants.

There are 5 coach spaces. There are alternative parking sites at the College main Road Industrial Site, DG2 0QE. For coaches groups only it is requested that you book in advance providing as much information about your group as possible. This will enable us to assist you with your visit. Contact Catherine Pritchard, Savills plc tel 01387 274 391 or on the day on 07775575758
You may bring a dog to the garden. It must be kept on a lead at all times and please clear up behind them. Please note that only parts of the garden are accessible by wheelchair and unfortunately there are no disabled toilets.

We do not have a telephone number or email address for Charles Jencks. If you wish to contact him please write to him at the address shown.

There will be a pipe band playing on the day.


Charles Jencks



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