A Trip to Inver, Benmore Botanic Gardens

A Trip to Inver, Benmore Botanic Gardens

We recently travelled to Inver Restaurant and Rooms, and the nearby Benmore Botanic Gardens.

Now transitioning into winter, the magnificent mountainside gardens at the foot of Beinn Mhòr on the Cowal Peninsula are exhibiting unmissable, rich autumnal hues. Upon entering the gardens, visitors are welcomed through an avenue of Giant Sequoias (Redwoods) planted in 1863. 

The gardens feature a remarkable Fernery originally constructed in 1870, which incorporates a cliff on its eastern side as an integral part of the structure. The Fernery remained derelict for over a century until 
1992, when Historic Scotland designated the structure a Category B listed building, beginning restoration work on it in 2008 and reopening to the public in 2009.

Situated on the nearby shores of Loch Fyne on Scotland's West Coast, Inver is a small and characterful restaurant serving some of the best locally sourced seasonal Scottish produce. Nestled in the woods around the restaurant, overlooking the Loch and Old Castle Lachlan, Inver also features luxury Bothies and Shepherds Huts to accommodate guests.

Photographs by Uli Schade.