Benmore Botanic Garden

Benmore Botanic Garden remains temporarily closed. We are reviewing our plans for reopening in line with the latest Scottish Government guidelines, and will post updates here and on social media. 


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Visitors are very welcome to take photographs and short videos in the Garden for personal use. 

All filming and photography for commercial use is by permit only: please contact the Garden at or call 01369 706 261.

For Commercial Photography, please check the Media and Commercial Photography page.


Garden Regulations

Benmore Botanic Garden is a precious museum of living plants.  The Garden's team has a duty to protect the Collection.  Therefore, please note our regulations:

  • We do not allow bicycles, scooters, frisbee, kites, footballs, mechanically-operated toys and models or drone cameras for personal use into the Garden 
  • No jogging or running is permitted inside the grounds
  • Assistance dogs are welcomed at Benmore
  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult

Also as part of our rules and regulations, visitors are not permitted to:

  • pick, cut or destroy any flower or part tree, shrub or plant
  • bring into the Garden any flowers or plant life
  • bring any package or other article or container after being requested by Garden staff not to do so
  • climb any tree, railing, fence or structure
  • enter any part of the Garden after having been requested by Garden staff not to do so or in contravention of any notice or sign displayed at any part of the grounds or remain in any part of the Garden after having been requested by staff to leave it
  • behave or be clothed, whilst in any part of the Garden, in a manner reasonably likely to offend against public decency
  • fish, bathe or swim in any part of the Garden
  • collect or solicit money in the Garden

Acts for which written permission is required:

  • Undertake any trade or business in the Garden
  • Sell or distribute anything or offer anything for sale or hire
  • Exhibit or affix any notice, advertisement or other written or pictorial matter or give any display, performance or representation
  • Play or cause to be played any musical instrument in any part of the Garden
  • Make or give any public speech or address
  • Take, in any part of the Garden, photographs for commercial purposes
  • Play any game or engage in any form of sport of physical exercise in the Garden
  • Light a fire or discharge any firearm, firework or other weapon or missile
  • Getting there

    Benmore Botanic Garden is set within the Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park and the Argyll Forest Park, on the A815 seven miles north of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

    Argyll Ferries (for passengers) and Western Ferries (for cars and passengers) both sail from Gourock to Dunoon. The journey time is approximately 20 minutes. Western Ferries offer a discount on ferry tickets purchased in advance of travel, their most popular range of tickets for passengers and vehicles up to 5m in length can be purchased at the following:

    • Greenock - The Co-operative Food, 21 Eldon Street PA16 7UG.  Tel 01475 727762
    • Gourock - Paul's Food & Wine, 94 Shore Street PA19 1RB. Tel 01475 630997.

    West Coast Motors operates a regular bus service to the Garden from Dunoon (01586 559 139).

    A Sunday shuttle service runs between Dunoon and Benmore Botanic Garden, call 07913 601442 for details.

    Address: Dunoon, Argyll PA23 8QU

  • Contact the Visitor Welcome Team at Benmore

    If you have any queries relating to visitor facilities, please call us on +44 (0) 1369 706 261 or get in touch by using the enquiry form.

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