Gardens of Argyll
Ardkinglas Woodland, Cairndow
Set in a peaceful and scenic setting overlooking Loch Fyne, the Ardkinglas Woodland Garden contains one of the finest collections of conifers and rhododendrons in Britain including the tallest tree in Britain, a ‘Grand Fir’ measuring over 64 meters (210ft).
New for 2015 is The Gruffalo Trail.
Open daily. Entrance £4.50. Distance from Loch Melfort: 52.5 miles, 1hr 16mins
Arduaine Garden, Arduaine
Outstanding twenty acre coastal garden over created 100 years ago on the south facing slope of a promontory separating Asknish Bay from Loch Melfort. This remarkable hidden paradise, protected by tall shelterbelts, grows a wide variety of plants from all over the globe. Internationally known for the rhododendron species collection (best seen in May), the garden also features magnolias, camellia, azaleas and other wonderful trees and shrubs.
Open daily. Entrance £6.00, Free with NTS card.
An Cala Ellenabeich, Isle of Seil
A wonderful example of a 1930s designed garden. A spectacular and very pretty garden with streams, waterfall, ponds, many herbaceous plants as well as azaleas, rhododendrons and cherry tree.
Open 1st April– 31st October. Entrance £4.00. Distance from Loch Melfort: 19 miles, 36min
Ardmaddy Castle, by Oban
Ardmaddy Castle gardens are situated in a spectacular setting, shielded to the north by mature woodlands and carpeted with bluebells and daffodils. The walled garden is full of magnificent rhododendrons and an increasing collection of rare and unusual shrubs and plants. Beyond, a woodland walk, with its amazing hydrangea climbing 60ft, leads to the water gardens.
Open daily. Entrance £4.00 Distance from Loch Melfort: 16 miles, 29mins
Ardchattan Priory, North Connel
Beautifully situated on the north side of Loch Etive. In front of the house is a rockery, extensive herbaceous and rose borders, with excellent views over the loch. West of the house there are shrubs borders and a wild garden, numerous roses and over 30 different varieties of sorbus providing excellent autumn colours.
Open 25th March – 31st October. Entrance £3.50. Distance from Loch Melfort: 29 miles, 53 mins
Druimneil House, Port Appin
Large garden over looking Loch Linnhe with many fine varieties of mature trees and rhododendrons and other woodland shrubs. Nearer the house, an impressive bank of deciduous azaleas is under planted with a block of camassia and a range of other bulbs.
Open 29th March – 31st August. Entrance by donation. Distance from Loch Melfort: 38 miles, 1hr 5mins
Kinlochlaich House, Appin
Walled garden incorporating the Western Highlands’ largest Nursery Garden Centre. Amazing variety of plants growing and for sale. Extensive display of rhododendrons, azaleas, trees, shrubs and herbaceous.
Open daily. Entrance £2.50. Distance from Loch Melfort: 38 miles, 1hr 5mins
This unusual and enchanting garden set in three acres of hillside is peppered with a series of paths that wind through the collection of trees, shrubs, bulbs and wild flowers. Several small ponds, wood carvings, an active population of red squirrel and scenery overlooking Loch Fyne to the Isle of Arran add to the garden’s appeal.
Open 1st May – 31st August. Entrance £3.00. Distance from Loch Melfort: 20 miles, 29mins
Crarae Garden, Furnace by Inveraray
A spectacular 50 acre garden in dramatic setting overlooking Loch Fyne. Crarae Garden has a wonderful collection of woody plants focussed on the banks of the Crarae Burn, which is spanned by several bridges and tumbles through a picturesque, rocky gorge. A wide variety of shrubs and trees specially selected for spring flowering and autumn colour grow in the shelter of towering conifers.
Open daily. Entrance £6.00. Free with NTS card. Distance from Loch Melfort: 32 miles, 46mins
Inveraray Castle, Inveraray
The garden covers sixteen acres, with around two acres of formal lawns and flowerbeds, the remainder being park and woodland. Rhododendrons and azaleas abound and flower from April to June. The borders on each side of the central path are known as the ‘Flag-Borders’ – having been laid out in the shape of Scotland’s National flag, the St. Andrew’s Cross.
Open 29th March-31st October. Entrance £4.00. Distance from Loch Melfort: 43 miles, 1hr
Achamore Garden, Isle of Gigha
Set in 54 acres of mature woodland, it is home to an extensive and varied collection of rare Rhododendrons. It is a rambling, beautiful and mysterious place, full of hidden corners to explore including a two-acre walled garden, where many unusual plants flourish in the warm, Gulf Stream influenced climate.
Open Daily. Entry by suggested donation: £6 for adults, £4 for concessions. Distance from Loch Melfort: 49 miles and then a short ferry crossing, 1hr 15 mins