The historic Bargany Gardens near Girvan are bursting with colour and heady aromas during May, making it one of the best months to visit. Luckily, the normally private gates to the garden are open to the public each May so everyone can enjoy a walk through the vibrant springtime flora and fauna.
The gardens form part of Bargany Estate which has been run by the Dalrymple-Hamilton family for almost 400 years. The gardens themselves date back to the late 18th century, evolving through a series of gardeners until the 1820s. Much of the design you see today dates back to that period.
The Dalrymple-Hamilton family continue to maintain the Victorian Gardens, including the rockery, walled garden, and attractive lily pond. The surrounding woodland is filled with mature and exotic trees, bird song, and bluebells in May. Walking routes also take you past fields and cows, a reminder that Bargany Estate is also a family-run farm.
You could easily spend a couple of hours or more investigating the various trails so we recommend heading to Girvan town centre first to pick up some food and drink for a picnic.
If you’re lucky enough to visit Girvan during May, be sure to discover one of the town’s best-kept secrets for yourself.
INFORMATION FOR VISITING
Bargany Gardens are open daily during May from 10am – 5pm
Entry costs £3 per adult (cash only)
There are three small car parks within the gardens
Dogs are welcome on a lead
They are located approx 4 miles outside Girvan – Postcode KA26 9QL