Loch Melfort Hotel is the perfect base to visit the glorious gardens that Argyll has to offer. With Arduaine Garden based just next door, you can begin exploring from the moment you arrive, all topped off with a 2 AA rosette restaurant to end your day.
Rates for a four night package with a three day itinerary start at £385 per person, including entrance to all gardens, three nights Dinner in Asknish Bay Restaurant, one night dinner in Chartroom II Bistro, Bed and Breakfast.
Arduaine Garden, Arduaine:
Outstanding twenty acre coastal garden over 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, the garden also features magnolias, camellia, azaleas and other wonderful trees and shrubs. Open daily.
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 25th March– 31st October.
Ardmaddy Castle, by Oban:
Ardmaddy Castle gardens, in a most spectacular setting, are shielded to the north by mature woodlands, carpeted with bluebells and daffodils. The walled garden is full of magnificent rhododendrons, some huge, an increasing collection of rare and unusual shrubs and plants. Beyond, a woodland walk, with its amazing hydrangea climbing 60 feet, leads to the water gardens. Open daily.
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.
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.
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.
Crarae Garden, Furnace by Inveraray:
A spectacular 50 acre garden in dramatic setting. Crarae has a wonderful collection of woody plants centered on the Crarae Burn, which is spanned by several bridges and tumbles through a corky gorge in a series of cascades. A wide variety of shrubs and trees chosen for spring flowering and autumn colour grow in the shelter of towering conifers. Open daily.
Inveraray Castle, Inveraray:
Rhododendrons and azaleas abound and flower from April to June. Very fine specimens of cedrus deodars, sequoiadendron wellington, cryptomeria japonica, Taxus baccata and others thrive in the damp climate. Open 29th March-31st October.
Ardkinglas Woodland, Cairndow:
In a peaceful setting overlooking Loch Fyne, the garden contains one of the finest collections of rhododendrons and conifers in Britain. This includes the tallest tree in Britain, a ‘Grand Fir’ measuring over 64 meters. Open daily.