Southside gardens put on the tourism map

Greenbank Garden in Clarkston. Photo: 'Brian Chapple
Greenbank Garden in Clarkston. Photo: 'Brian Chapple

Two local gardens feature on a new map of Scottish gardens created to drive green-fingered tourism in the country

Pollok House and Greenbank Gardens in Clarkston are included on Discover Scottish Gardens map to encourage locals and tourists to visit gardens and attractions throughout the country.

The map features public and private gardens to woodlands, plant nurseries and accommodation with gardens to explore.

According to the Moffat Centre’s Scottish Visitor Attraction Monitor 2017, visits to Scottish gardens increased 10.9 per cent from 2016 to 2017. Research also highlights there are more opportunities to grow the number of international visitors, which currently make up only six per cent of garden visitors to Scotland annually.

Catherine Erskine, chair of Discover Scottish Gardens, said: “Our brand-new map of Scotland will help locals and tourists discover the beautiful and varied gardens Glasgow and Clyde has to offer.

“We want people to be inspired by Scotland’s breathtaking scenery and learn more about our diverse climate and plant collections that thrive here.

“Scottish gardens are a huge asset and we continually strive to maximise on the potential to grow their popularity.

“The new map will equip visitors with a list of some of the best gardens in the region, helping them make the most of their visit, or for locals, discover something new right on their doorstep.”

Catherine continued: “They can even create their own ‘garden route’ within Scotland.

“With the amazing weather we’ve been experiencing recently, now is the perfect time to pick up a map and go exploring.”

The maps can be picked up from the SECC, Buchanan Galleries, St Enoch Centre, Merchant Squareas well as museum and art galleries, hotels, gifts shops, tourist attractions and information sites.

To find out more, visit www.discoverscottishgardens.org.