Logan Botanic Gardens are situated in Dumfries and
Galloway, 14 miles south of Stranraer, 6 miles southwest of
village, one and a half miles northeast of Port Logan
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
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The image top is of the large car park at the
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 of plants.
The image right is of the large greenhouse in the
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
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
1702 - Logan House mansion was completed for the
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 time.
1969 - the gardens were gifted to the nation, with
the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh taking control
under the name Logan Botanic Garden.
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