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Nature at Loch Melfort is a 365-day-a-year treat thanks to the wonderful gardens of Argyll.

Our unique location on the West Coast, with its endless views towards to the Inner Hebrides, is made all the more special by its proximity to the wonderful Arduaine Gardens which are quite literally on our doorstep.

Arduaine Gardens
Arduaine Gardens are one-hundred-year-old spectacular coastal gardens, originally part of the Arduaine Estate Loch Melfort Hotel is built on. They are spread over 20 acres of woodland and gardens. The coast here is gently warmed by the Gulf Stream, offering visitors a show of exotic plants and flowers, many normally found in South America and East Asia.

With a wide range of flowing annual and perennial plants and evergreens, there is always something new to discover in this oasis as the seasons change. With rhododendrons, magnolias and azaleas, and exotic palms and ferns from all over the world, Arduaine is an idyllic place to spend a few hours of calm. With lawns, colourful borders, a picturesque arboreum walk, ponds, and a wonderful variety of bird and wildlife to spot, there’s plenty to do and see. There is also a stunning cliff-top view point overlooking the Sound of Jura and its islands.

Please check their current opening times. Hotel residents of Loch Melfort Hotel have free access to the gardens after 4pm. Simply ask our reception team for the key.

Gardens of Argyll
Arduaine is one of some twenty beautiful Gardens of Argyll which can easily be reached from the hotel. Within the space of a few square miles there are three very different glorious gardens – Arduaine, An Cala and Ardmaddy – each rich with seasonal delights.

For a day trip, why not visit Ardmaddy Castle Gardens, north of Arduaine, and Achamore on the Isle of Gigha (where bananas grow). Also within close distance, you will find the woodland gardens of Crarae, south of Inveraray, and of Angus, near Taynuilt.


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A unique retreat, set in 17 acres of gardens and beach on the romantic coast of Argyll in the Scottish Highlands, Loch Melfort Hotel is the perfect place to relax and unwind.

We offer a mixture of affordable luxury and comfort, with fantastic sea views and a tranquil setting, roaring log fire in our lounge and spectacular coastal scenery to explore and admire.