Friends of Geilston

Scottish Charity Number SC050608

We are delighted that you have found us and hope you enjoy reading about Geilston Garden, Cardross, Argyll & Bute.  More importantly, we hope you can support the group as we ensure the heritage and legacy left by Miss Elizabeth Hendry in bequeathing Geilston House and Gardens to the public is upheld and retained for generations to come. See The Geilston Story.


The garden will re-open for the 2022 season from Monday 28th March.

Opening daily from 10am to 5pm with last entry at 4pm

The visitor reception will be selling fresh coffees and teas, ice cream and biscuits

We look forward to welcoming you.

Architectural Heritage Fund Grant and Viability Study

Given the recent decision by the Board of Trustees of NTS to support the proposal to begin the process of possibly renovating Geilston House to enable it to be rented out as holiday accommodation, the proposals put forward by the Friends to look at alternative options for the house have been put on hold. We have thus decided to return the award of the grant of £8,000 which had been made by the Architectural Heritage Fund to support a viability study. We were of course delighted to be awarded this grant but in the light of the NTS pursuing its own proposals, we felt that we had to return the grant so other groups could benefit from the funding.

For more information about our ideas for the house visit our documents page. We do hope to be able to pursue some new ideas in consultation with NTS which will use some of the rooms for community events and projects.

Community consultation

Community consultation is an important part of developing ideas for how we might use the space we hope to be accessed by NTS within its plans for the house. You could help us greatly by completing a short survey. 

Please help us by taking part in the

Community Survey

Here are the short and long links to the survey

If you are missing your visits to the garden or are currently unable to visit, please follow this link to see a virtual tour Video by Stuart Hannah.

Geilston Garden is situated in the village of Cardross, just four miles from Helensburgh. For more information about other attractions and things to do in Helensburgh go to:

Destination Helensburgh

Become a friend

To read more about the recent work of the group and events visit our News Pages.
Does Geilston Gardens hold any special memories for you?  We’d love to hear what you think about the garden, to get in touch you can use our Contact Us form or email direct

FOG wish to thank our local MSP Jackie Baillie and Maurice Corry, formerly regional list MSP, for their continued interest and support for our campaign and their representation in the Parliament.