One of the most stunning botanical gardens in Scotland awaits visitors to Ullapool. The gardens have a surprising array of both local plants and others sourced from around the world. More than 2,500 exotic plants and flowers can be found across the property's 20 hectares (49 acres), among them California redwood trees, rare Wollemi pines and Tasmanian eucalyptus trees. There are also many species that are native to the Highlands. The temperate microclimate created by the Gulf Stream circulating offshore allows the remarkable variety of far-flung plants to flourish this far north. The garden's location overlooking Loch Ewe also means you have a good chance of spotting seabirds, seals and otters.