Inverewe and around

Walled garden at Inverewe
Walled garden at Inverewe

Highland scenery can sometimes be bleak – but this place is always a riot of colour. Inverewe Garden was first planted on the banks of Loch Ewe by Osgood McKenzie in the 1860s – he collected plants from all over the world for his Walled Garden which, by the time he died in 1922, was surrounded by a hundred acres of woodland. Today, it’s run by the National Trust for Scotland – and the walled garden is still the most spectacular part of it. Here are a few more images from our stroll round it:

Heading out of the walled garden, Inverewe House comes into view. (This is not Mackenzie’s original house which was destroyed by fire in 1914.)

Behind the house, a multitude of paths criss-cross the headland. I don’t think we missed any! Here’s some of what we saw:

Finally, we checked out the Wollem Pine, one of the world’s rarest trees before heading to the on-site restaurant for lunch. This was the only part of Inverewe I could fault – the food was no better than ok and the staff couldn’t cope with queues. Next time, I’d walk down to the village of Poolewe which had some nice-looking pubs and cafés, thereby also avoiding the coach tours.

After lunch, we went for a walk through the pinewoods on the hill behind the gardens.

Finally, before leaving Inverewe we came across this monument to a Gaelic bard.

But was that us finished? Not at all! Two more walks to fit in before the afternoon was over. Driving up the other side of Loch Ewe we stopped at Firemore Sands. There’s a small crofting community here – the opposite of the clearance villages we visited further north. People evicted from further inland to make way for sheep were settled here. The name in Gaelic is Am Faithir Mòr – the big shore-land. This is an absolutely beautiful beach and we spent ages walking from one end to the other and back.

Firemore’s heavy anti-aircraft battery protected the entrance to Loch Ewe where the Arctic convoys gathered in the Second World War. Driving further on, to the end of the peninsula, we found a memorial to the convoys and remains of the wartime command post.

Arctic Convoy Memorial
Arctic Convoy Memorial
Arctic Convoy Memorial
Arctic Convoy Memorial

Climbing a small hill gave a good view of the site and its beautiful coastline.

So an action packed day, after which we returned to our hotel for dinner and the last night of our holiday. I hope those who have followed me throughout have enjoyed the tour of Shetland, Orkney and the North of Scotland – and maybe you’ll visit some day?

I’m linking this post to Jo’s Monday Walks. She has a bumper crop this week from all over the world, so please take a look.

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33 thoughts on “Inverewe and around

  1. slfinnell October 19, 2015 / 13:03

    I have thoroughly enjoyed your posts on these places! This last one of those gardens is stunning!

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  2. restlessjo October 19, 2015 / 14:07

    Yes, I agree- that does look a superb beach, Anabel, but you look well-zippered in 🙂 I thought I might have visited this garden once, long ago, but now I’m not so sure. So many beautiful spots in Scotland! Many thanks for sharing and the link. 🙂

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  3. Karen Thorburn October 19, 2015 / 15:29

    It’s a beautiful part of the world. I’ve stayed at the campsite at Poolewe a few times and love exploring Inverewe Gardens and walking around Loch Kernsary. It looks like you had nice weather – blue skies at Firemore!

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    • Anabel Marsh October 19, 2015 / 15:43

      We were away 3 weeks and only got wet a couple of times! I think we were VERY lucky…..

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  4. Heyjude October 19, 2015 / 18:33

    What a fabulous beach and a lovely garden. You were busy that day! Shame about the restaurant, I often feel that these places could do better – most can’t even provide a decent cup of coffee (though I won’t complain about the cake… )

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  5. Birgit October 19, 2015 / 20:55

    Oh these gardens look lovely and I love that gate! I am now wondering if my hubby can somehow replicate it. It reminds me of Lord of the Rings. Beautiful flowers especially the light blue ones:) I think I always try to avoid the typical tourist food places since the people who work there plus the food is never as great as where the locals go. You did have a jam-packed day!

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    • Anabel Marsh October 19, 2015 / 22:27

      It’s a beautiful gate! I do hope I haven’t given your hubby any trouble 😉 The cafe had the advantage of being in between two walks and we thought it would be quick – mistake!

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  6. T Smithers October 20, 2015 / 01:24

    I don’t know that I’d have been able to be dragged from that garden! I can’t keep a plant alive to save my life, but I do so love that others have the talent 🙂 The military memorial was unexpected (though, as an American, I suppose that’s the norm where Scots history is concerned).

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    • Anabel Marsh October 20, 2015 / 07:43

      Me too! No interest in actually gardening but I do love to see others’ efforts.

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  7. jazzfeathers October 20, 2015 / 06:07

    I find garders beautiful, but honestly I much prefer ‘natural’ landscape.
    For example here, beautiful as the places and flowers in the garden are, I much prefer the pics of the beach 🙂

    I really really enjoyed the reportage, Anabel. You showed me amazing places that I’d sure like to visit one day.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

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    • Anabel Marsh October 20, 2015 / 07:48

      I think both have their place – gardens can be works of art but I agree I prefer walking in a natural landscape. Glad you have enjoyed the virtual trip! Thanks for coming along.

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  8. Lynne Rickards October 20, 2015 / 12:20

    When I worked at the Glasgow Conservation Trust West back in the ’90s I compiled a section of our conservation manual on historic gardens, and Inverewe was one of them. It looks amazing but I have to admit I’ve never been. One for the spring, perhaps!

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    • Anabel Marsh October 20, 2015 / 12:28

      Yes, it’s getting a bit cold now! And it’s a long way up. Well worth seeing though.

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  9. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) October 21, 2015 / 12:34

    I love that abstract tree grating (gate?), and the wicker horse, but those wicker men look a bit menacing. That Wicker Man film scares the crap out of me, so maybe I’m just projecting evil intent onto them though.

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    • Anabel Marsh October 21, 2015 / 16:15

      Haha, I thought they were menacing too! The gate takes you out onto the Loch banks – it’s beautiful.

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  10. Lori L MacLaughlin October 21, 2015 / 16:03

    What lovely gardens! And I absolutely love that gateway photo! That whole area is definitely on my list to visit the next time I go back.

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  11. Eunice October 21, 2015 / 21:05

    I have no interest in gardening at all – takes me all my time to trim the hedges in mine – but I do love other gardens, both formal and natural, and the ones in your photos look lovely. And that beach is just gorgeous – I could take my tent and live there quite happily 🙂

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  12. Anabel Marsh October 21, 2015 / 23:21

    My sentiments exactly! About the gardening anyway, not the tent. You make it sound quite enticing but I could never live in a tent….

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  13. lostforwords101 October 22, 2015 / 02:19

    Hello Anabel, thanks for taking us with you on your walk to Enverewe through these photos! Such a pleasure to see that you’ve got a fresh content in your page every time.

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    • Anabel Marsh October 22, 2015 / 07:38

      Thank you – I just have to keep going places so that I can write about them. Great excuse!

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  14. cassam101 October 22, 2015 / 16:36

    The gardens look lovely and I love the gate it’s so unusual. I’ll have to look through your posts to find nice places to visit of a weekend. Last Saturday we went to Calander and it was lovely.

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    • Anabel Marsh October 22, 2015 / 17:10

      Yes, it’s lovely round there too. Inverewe is definitely worth going to if you’re ever that far north.

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  15. lisadorenfest October 24, 2015 / 02:26

    Riot of color indeed. That walled garden was just bursting with it. Oh how I’d love to live in a place as beautiful as Inverewe! And that second shot of the Filmoresands was beautifully framed. Thanks for taking us on such a wonderful walk and for providing such an informative history of the place

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  16. Home That We Built October 27, 2015 / 00:16

    I thought I had already “liked” this garden: Now I have 🙂 I just love gardens! Guess it’s because plants prefer death to living with me. 😦 And this one is a real pearl!

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    • Anabel Marsh October 27, 2015 / 07:39

      Yes, I’m the same! Not green-fingered at all, but I love the results of other people’s labours.

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