A garden has existed at Ardchattan for over 700 years, since Valliscaulian monks, from a little know order in Burgundy, first settled here on the north shore of Loch Etive. The garden has a natural tranquility, and there are herbaceous borders, roses, a rockery, ornamental trees and a wild flower garden. The four-acres of garden you see today were mainly planted in the twentieth century, and take full advantage of the neutral free-draining soil and mild coastal climate.
A wide variety of plants are grown giving colour and scent throughout the season. The lawn to the front of the house is surrounded by a rockery and herbaceous, rose and shrub borders. From here you can enjoy views over Loch Etive, towards Mull in the west and Ben Cruachan to the east. Either side of the driveway is a wilder garden with numerous shrubs, roses and ornamental trees.
The priory was founded in 1230 by Sir Duncan Macdougall, of the family of the Lords of Lorn, and was home to monks of the Valliscaulian order. You can explore the ruins of the priory chapel where there are some fine early stones, including the recently restored Ardchattan Cross, now in the care of Historic Scotland. Why not combine your visit to the gardens with a gentle walk up to the ruins of the 13th-century ruined chapel behind the gardens?