Scotland's Gardens Scheme (Portrack - The Garden of Cosmic Speculation)

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Whimsical, surreal and spectacular landscape designed to educate and entertain.

Size of site:
30 Acres

Opening Times:
2021 Event SOLD OUT:
Saturday 9 October
10AM - 5PM
Time slot tickets, pre-booking required.


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Dumfries and Galloway

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Postcode for parking: DG2 0RL

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Ticket Types

Timed Ticket

NOTE: all admission with parking tickets are now all sold out for both time slots. Please ensure you can make your own way to the venue without the need of a parking space

Children under 16 accompanied by an adult are free and this year do not require a ticket.

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme is delighted to be opening Portrack again this year despite the ongoing Covid constraints and we are excited to offer the garden to visitors at a different time of year. The opening will be much smaller because of the continuing Covid restrictions, and also for the reasons listed below, but we hope that visitors will be able to enjoy the extra space and lack of crowds.

Please note the following:

  1. Visitors may only enter with a pre-booked ticket, including a car parking ticket. There are 2 x 3 hour time slots available. Please do not turn up without booking, as parking is very limited due to the time of year and we would hate to turn you away.
  2. There are two time slots available: 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. We ask that you only come in the time slot that you booked.
  3. Please be aware that the garden is undergoing major remedial and renovation work and some parts of it are inaccessible. We apologise in advance and ask you to be aware of this so that you are not disappointed. There are also new areas of planting and design details to enjoy.
  4. There will be no refreshments sold within the garden this year so please feel free to bring picnics with you.
  5. As previous years, toilets will be available in the car parking field, not in the garden itself.
  6. The Upper Nithsdale Youth Pipe Band will be performing at 12.15pm and 2.30pm, weather permitting, and the charity Maggie’s will have a stall to tell you more about their work and links to the garden.
  7. The usual Covid regulations must be respected.

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There is an optional donation which allows Scotland's Gardens Scheme to claim Gift Aid of 25% on the whole ticket price. If you would prefer not to donate, you can set your preferences by selecting the appropriate option further down the page

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Opening Times

2021 Event SOLD OUT:
Saturday 9 October
10AM - 5PM
Time slot tickets, pre-booking required.

Weather Forecast


Overcast throughout the day.



Foggy starting in the afternoon.



Rain throughout the day.



Light rain throughout the day.



Possible light rain until evening.




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