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Little Sparta

Pentland Hills | Dunsyre, Lanark ML11 8NG, Scotland
+44 7826 495677
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Great for camping and hiking

The Pentland Hills are great for exploring in the summer. I camped for one night, found a nice... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2017
Cat P
Scotland, United Kingdom
A special place

There is a half mile walk from the carpark, but personally i didnt mind it. Makes it feel almost... read more

Reviewed July 28, 2017
Pelham, New Hampshire
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Pentland Hills | Dunsyre, Lanark ML11 8NG, Scotland
+44 7826 495677
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Reviewed August 23, 2017

The Pentland Hills are great for exploring in the summer. I camped for one night, found a nice quiet place away from the track where with hills all around us. There were sheep there, so be careful of that if you're camping or have a...More

Thank Cat P
Reviewed July 28, 2017

There is a half mile walk from the carpark, but personally i didnt mind it. Makes it feel almost like a pilgrimage and the extra effort only adds to the experience. My tip would be to pick a good weather day, and spend a few...More

1  Thank Buster075
Reviewed July 19, 2017 via mobile

I love this place. Little Sparta is the beautiful and unique garden of the artist, the late Ian Hamilton Finlay. It's located near Dunsyre in the Pentland Hills outside Edinburgh. It comprises 5 acres of atmospheric surprising spaces, art works, water features and wonderful views....More

Thank EdinburghRox
Reviewed July 15, 2017

This is a unique, interesting, hidden wee nook of a place. Be warned, it is only open at certain times and on certain days and parking is limited. There is a long walk from the parking area to the house through sheep fields and up...More

Thank Susannah H
Reviewed July 12, 2017

Not open all the time so check the website. One of the most charming places in Scotland where art meets nature. It was the home of Ian Hamilton Finlay but is now open to the public. Try to avoid peak times the gardens are best...More

Thank Catherine M
Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

Loved this place. Long walk up and no refreshments up there but there is a toilet. But that didn't matter a jot...you can take a sandwich with you and contemplate a great garden. It's focus is gardening with nature so don't expect many flowers...but lots...More

Thank potties
Reviewed August 25, 2016

A magical place, for garden enthusiasts and anyone with a serious interest in contemporary art. It poured with rain on the long walk up the drive and throughout our visit (loan umbrellas were available), but nevertheless a wonderful experience.

Thank Colin S
Reviewed August 18, 2016

It is with some trepidation that tell you of this garden. It is a secret place that I have wanted to see for years. It did not disappoint, rather it amazed. If you are a true garden lover you must visit. However it is not...More

Thank Terry M
Reviewed July 22, 2016

Following on line directions we found this out of the way garden easily and were well warned about the treck through farmland to the wooded garden. We took our 9 and 15 y.o. grandchildren and they had a ball finding many of the treasures. The...More

Thank Ugandalad
Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Though is off the beaten path and pretty far from Edinburgh 1hour bus ride,plus2+3/4miles from Dunsyre on foot,definitely worths a visit.The garden is a gem of landscape architecture combined with poetry.Best is to check the visits time,is opened only in specific days of week.It looks...More

1  Thank Ochiana A
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Lynda B
September 7, 2016|
Response from Ugandalad | Reviewed this property |
In September afternoons on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday 14.30 to 17.00
June 19, 2015|
Response from LalaR99 |
It's not easy! It is a FOUR MILE walk from the nearest bus stop. You would use the TravelineScotland app to find bus times from Edinburgh Bus Station to Dolphinton. Then ask the driver to let you off at the GARVALD road end... More