Places to Visit in Scotland
- Bell's Cherrybank Garden
Scottish Heather is one of the many symbols of Scotland, derived from the heath and heather clad hills of Scotland where the wet acid soil allows it to thrive. But in modern times many other varieties of the plant have been developed, in a range of colours both in its flowers and its leaves. The Bell's Cherrybank Garden on the outskirts of Perth is first and foremost a National Heather Centre, with many examples of this lovely plant. It is the largest collection of heather in the UK and it is not just the wide variety of heathers growing there which is remarkable, it is the large areas devoted to individual types which makes the garden so striking.
The garden also contains a number of water features and plants which prefer growing in such an environment, and there are a number of sculptures dotted around too - such as this playful otter biting its tail.
The visitor centre features a "Pride of Perth Exhibition" with illustrations of the fair city's history including its association with Scottish kings and important battles - and the coming of the railways, when Perth became an important junction.
And children have not been forgotten with climbing frames, an aviary, play area, putting green and other attractions to keep them amused.
As you leave the gardens, the adults are not overlooked either - with a complimentary dram of whisky as you browse round the gift shop. There is also a cafe and a plant sales area.
The Bell's Cherrybank Centre is located just off the main road south from Perth, heading towards Glasgow. See also the Location Map (you can enlarge the scale of this map, if required). The gardens are open April to December, Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from noon to 5pm. Times may vary so please contact for more information on 01738 472818
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