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.

Architectural Heritage Fund Grant and Viability Study

We are delighted to pass on the good news that we have been awarded £8,000 from the AHF to carry out a viability study for Geilston. With contributions from the NTS and FoG, we have enough to carry out the first part of this study which will pay for the services of an architect, quantity surveyor and structural engineer. We will need further funds to pay for a business consultant who will collaborate to produce a viability report.

For more information about our proposals for Geilston please visit our documents page where you can read the latest newsletter and look at supporting documents

For an update on developments with NTS please see below.

Community consultation

Community consultation is the first phase of our research to establish if the proposals for saving Geilston are viable. 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


COFFEE & CAKE STALL run by the Friends 1st Sunday of every month from Sunday 4th July 11 AM to 3PM

Coffee, cake and music! On Sundays 1st August & 5th September there will be live music to listen to whilst you enjoy the home baking. Sunday 1st August Tartan Harmony will perform from 1-30.

On Sunday 5th September the Helensburgh Oratorio Choir will sing (time to be confirmed)

 When visiting the garden why not think about entering our 2022 Calendar Photo competition

Below are the winning photos from our 2020 Photo Competition which make up our 2021 Calendar, which sold out.

  • 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

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.

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


The Friends continue to be in discussions with the National Trust for Scotland to safeguard the long term future of the garden.  We are pleased that at the Trust’s Board meeting on 24th June, trustees decided to maintain NTS ownership of the garden and house within its family of properties and to work for a viable future for the house. Their current preferred option is to convert the house into a large holiday let but this is subject to obtaining more detailed costings. The NTS did ask us to provide financial projections for our own proposals for their June meeting to demonstrate the potential viability of our ideas. To this end we commissioned a business consultant to do an initial scoping study which concluded that our ideas for the house could be viable. If NTS does approve plans for a holiday let then we are hoping to secure access to other parts of the house for community use, so we would encourage anyone interested to complete the above survey to let us know what facilities and activities you would like to see at Geilston. We are now waiting for the Trust’s decision at their September meeting. We will keep members and supporters informed of further developments.

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.