Friends of Geilston

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. Scottish Charity Number SC050608

Friends AGM 2023

Our most recent AGM and Public Meeting was held on 15th March 2023. For a summary of the meeting and all the relevant documents see our Documents page.

New Instagram Accountfriendsofgeilston2022

Exciting news for anyone who enjoys using Instagram. FoG member, Tahira Nasim, volunteered to set up a New Friends of Geilston Instagram Account and has been posting regularly, building up followers as she goes. She’s doing a great job! Please do support her and tell your Instagram friends. 

The name of the account is friendsofgeilston2022please don’t confuse it with other similarly named accounts.

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.

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.