Logan Botanic Gardens are situated in
Dumfries and Galloway, 14 miles south of
Stranraer, 6 miles southwest of
Sandhead village, one and a half
miles northeast of Port Logan village.
The gardens are popular for Scenic Woodland
Walks, Walled Garden, Discovery Centre,
Botanics Shop, and the Potting Shed Bistro.
The gardens were also used in The Wicker Man
horror film with Britt Eckland, Christopher
Lee, and Edward Woodward. The film was about a
Scottish island growing vast amounts of fruit,
so the gardens were used to show the island was
like a tropical paradise.
The image top is of the large car park at
The image second top is from a woodland walk
through exotic trees.
The Discovery Centre is situated next to the
Walled Garden and Bistro.
The Walled Garden is huge with trees and
plants from around the world. The mild year
round climate due to the Gulf Steam running up
this coast, along with the the high walls,
makes ideal growing conditions for a wide range
The image right is of the large greenhouse
in the walled garden.
The top end of the Walled Garden shows the
high wall with the remains of Castle
Balzieland. Most large country estates had
walled gardens built in the 1700s - 1900s so
they could grow vegetables and fruit.
The high walls block any wind, and hold the
heat from the sun.
1295 - John Balliol awarded these lands to
the McDouall family. This led to the building
of Castle Balzieland that was destroyed by fire
in the early 1500s.
1702 - Logan House mansion was completed for
1800 - the walled garden was completed to
grow vegetables and fruit for the mansion.
1869 - Agnes Buchan Hepburn married James
McDouall, leading to her transforming the
gardens with exotic plants and trees from their
own vacations, and from world explorers of the
1969 - the gardens were gifted to the
nation, with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
taking control under the name Logan Botanic
Logan House, about 1 mile north, has its own
gardens that are also open to the public.
The McDouall's invested a lot of money in
Port Logan village.