Argyll's Glorious Gardens
Argyll is home to an array of beautiful gardens. Guests are encouraged to visit these scenic landscapes throughout the year and experience some of the rare and unusual collections of greenery. Why not take a stroll through some of Scotland’s oldest, and largest cultivations on your next Argyll escape?
Situated against a spectacular background of mountain and forest, Ardkinglas Estate covers about 4800 hectares. Ardkinglas house is an architectural gem and provides a very special setting. The Woodland Garden is open all the year round with an outstanding collection of plants and trees, including the “Mightiest Conifer in Europe”. For the wee ones, there is a lovely Gruffalo & Fairy Trail to enjoy within the woodlands. The stunning grounds are open dawn till dusk and of course dogs on leads are welcome to come explore too!
Not to mention as a guest of Argyll Holidays you get to enjoy an exclusive discount on admissions!
Don't miss out on a visit to the normally private Ardkinglas House Gardens as they open up for the Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute Festival of Rhododendrons!
Keep an eye on their website for updates - www.ardkinglas.com
Arduaine Garden is a place of peace on a wild shore, a plantsman's paradise perched on the windswept coast of Argyll in the Western Highlands of Scotland. The garden has bold colours and fragrant scents, bringing an exotic touch to this Argyll coastal garden. Why not take a wander through these beautiful grounds on your next trip to Argyll, and enjoy a spot of lunch afterwards at the Loch Melfort Hotel Bistro - located at the entrance to the garden.
Don’t forget to enjoy your exclusive Friends of Argyll discount on your admissions tickets!
Benmore Botanic Gardens
Benmore is an enchanting Garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery. The magnificent mountainside setting is a joy to behold, boasting a world-famous collection of flowering trees and shrubs including over 300 species of rhododendron and over one third of the world’s hardy conifer species, plus fine collections from North and South America, the Orient and the Himalaya. Visitors can enjoy an impressive avenue of Giant Redwoods, arguably one of the finest entrances to any botanic garden in the world. Established in 1863, these majestic giants now stand over 50 metres high. Benmore Café offers an excellent range of Fair-trade Coffees and Teas, home-baking, snacks or meals, whilst the Shop offers a wide selection of books, gifts and plants to browse.
To top it off, you can enjoy an exclusive discount on entry as a guest of Argyll Holidays!
Castle House Museum
The Castle House is one of Dunoon’s most historic locations. It’s set in well maintained gardens, offering excellent views of the Firth of Clyde and surrounding hills, and offers tours. If you’re a bit of a history enthusiast you might enjoy hearing some of the stories behind the house and grounds. You can even have a wee game of tennis while visiting if it takes your fancy.
Remember to take advantage of your exclusive discount as a guest of Argyll Holidays when booking!
Crarae Gardens, run by The National Trust for Scotland, is a Himalayan-style garden just south of Inveraray comprising of a selection of beautiful flowering plants and unusual trees. This spectacular 50-acre woodland garden sits in a dramatic setting surrounded by a wonderful collection of woody plants centred on the Crarae Burn, which is spanned by several bridges and tumbles through a rocky 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, and the lush, naturalistic planting and rushing water gives the feel of a Himalayan valley. A definite must on your list of things to do on your next break away with Argyll Holidays.
And of course, don’t forget to use your exclusive discount if you decide to visit!
Geilston is magical 200-year-old walled garden by the River Clyde with playground and floral mini-maze, Geilston is celebrated for its landscaping, which harmonises nature and cultivation. Punches of colour, tasty vegetables and a succession of seasonal plants make this a classic garden with a vibrant feel. Geilston is typical of the small country estates on the banks of the Clyde, and has offered a tranquil haven for over 200 years. The kitchen garden springs to life in April and May.
There is even something for the bairns, with plenty to enjoy from the playground, and floral mini-maze to exploring the bluebell woods along the Geilston Burn.
Enjoy an exclusive discount as guests of Argyll Holidays if you decide to book!
Mount Stuart is a visitor attraction located on the Isle of Bute. Visitors have access to 300 acres of gardens including a private beach and are able to view the house on either a 1 hour guided tour or self-guided free flow admission. Set against a striking Firth of Clyde backdrop, mount stuart boats 300 acres of gardens filled with arboricultural and horticultural collections of global significance.
From spring’s rhododendron and magnolia blooms to autumn’s golden birch and maple trees, expect a colourful show all year round. Exotic plant life flourishes, adding an unexpected hint of the tropical, while winding woodlands stretch right down to the shore. This stunning place makes for an excellent day out for all the family.
If you decide to give them a visit – don’t forget to use your exclusive discount as guests of Argyll Holidays when booking!
To discover some more of the beautiful gardens Argyll has to offer, visit Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute and start planning your next Argyll escape today!