Colonsay House Gardens

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Colonsay House Gardens on the island of Colonsay are considered to have one of the finest rhododendron collections in Scotland and the cafe serves delicious lunches and home baking. The garden was planted mostly in the 1930s and has an exceptional variety, not only of rhododendrons, but also of trees and shrubs including some exotic species from the southern hemisphere. The woodland garden covers some 20 acres. The design takes full advantage of the natural features of the landscape with paths winding through hidden wooded valleys and up hills to reveal magnificent vistas toward and beyond the early Georgian House. There is a large pond and a stream running through the centre of the garden.

The more formal walled gardens surround Colonsay House which are filled with colourful mixed borders, climbing roses and clematis, and, more unusually, agapanthus. The lighthouse garden's centrepiece is the lens from the Rhubhal lighthouse on Islay.

The Colonsay House private gardens and cafe are open from April to September on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 to 5pm and on Saturdays from 2pm to 5pm. In October, the gardens and cafe are open on Wednesdays from 2 - 4.30pm (afternoon tea only).  There is an entrance fee to the inner gardens. The outer walled woodland gardens are open to the public for no charge at all time