Guided tours

Make sure you see the best of Scotland's Most Exotic Garden by joining one of our guided tours. Guided tours are included in the Garden admission and take place at 10.30am every second Tuesday of the month from April to October. No advance booking necessary.

2017 Guided Walks

21st March: Early Interest in the Garden

Enjoy the first tour of the season discovering the flush of emerging foliage and floral displays from plants such as Magnolia, spring bulbs and Rhododendrons, amongst many others.

11th April: Full Speed Ahead!

Come and enjoy a tour around the Garden to discover the carpets of Trilliums, exotic Rhododendrons and Peat Walls in all their glory.

9th May: The Magic of spring  

Experience an amazing tour around the Garden and see the stunning seasonal displays of floral delights including Primulas, Maddenia Rhododendrons, Paeonias and Meconopsis

13th June: Guided Walk: Never Ending Colour!

Enjoy a splendid walk around the wonderful garden and see summer sensations blooming in Scotland’s Most Exotic Garden. You will see spectacular displays from Lantern Trees, Chilean Firethorn Trees, South American Lobelias and half hardy perennials kick starting the summer flowering season.

11th July: The Magic of summer

See the garden in all its summer glory and enjoy a guided tour. See the vibrant colours and textures of the half-hardy perennials that sparkle and lighten up the garden in a floral firework display. Salvia, Osteospermum, Penstemon and Fuchsia are now in their element.

8th August: The Height of summer

Come along and enjoy the Garden before the summer flowers start to fade. See the stunning display of waterlilies, exotic cannas and dazzling dieramas.

12th September: The tail end of summer

Come and enjoy an early autumnal tour around the garden in the company of a gardener and see the early autumnal joys on offer. See the lovely Agapanthus, Eucryphia & Fascicularia.

10th October: Early autumn shades

Enjoy an autumn tour around the garden with one of the many horticulturists. Garden highlights include many grasses, Salvias, Dahlias and autumn flowering bulbs. An ideal time to ask all those gardening questions that have always puzzled you!

Self-led audio tours

If you prefer to enjoy the Garden at your own pace, ask for a complimentary audio handset at Visitor Reception and discover the fascinating history, hidden treasures and seasonal highlights of this spectacular Garden. We also have fabulous audio tours specifically for children so they can discover the Garden at their own pace.

Booked tours for groups

Tours for groups can be arranged at other times and can be tailored to meet the needs of your group. Due to availability, we ask that you pre-book group tours at least two weeks before your visit to avoid disappointment. There is a small charge of £2.00 per person.

To book a guided tour, please call 01776 860231 or email


A comprehensive souvenir guidebook is available to buy from the Botanics Shop or from the RBGE online publications store.

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