Must visit gardens of Argyll and the Isles

Home to over 20 glorious gardens, from natural woodlands to walled gardens, there’s a huge variety of gardens to explore in Argyll and the Isles. Many are set amid spectacular coastal landscape or epic mountain scenery. Argyll’s mild climate provides the perfect growing conditions for a riot of native and exotic plants. A number of Argyll’s gardens are part of historic estates, so you can discover the history of the area as well as enjoy the beauty of the blooms.

Hebrdean Island Gardens

Go on an island garden adventure!

Gigha is home to Achamore Gardens, around 50 acres of natural woodlands and a large walled garden.

The garden of An Cala on the island of Seil is a delight, with azaleas, rhododendrons, Japanese ornamental cherry trees, roses and water features aplenty. 

Ardencraig Garden is a lovely walled garden in Rothesay on Bute that bursts with colour in the summer. 

Mount Stuart’s gardens and grounds is another highlight on Bute. You’ll find woodland glades, shoreline wilderness and meticulous formal lawns and gardens.

The two hotels on Iona, St Columba Hotel and Argyll Hotel have wonderful kitchen gardens, supplying organic vegetables, fruit and flowers.

Helensburgh Gardens

There are three must-visit gardens to within striking distance of Helensburgh.

Geilston Garden is enchanting, featuring a walled garden, kitchen garden and a burn winding through the wooded glen. 

Glenarn lies in a protected hollow with a steeply sloping glen running its length and providing shelter for large-leafed and tender rhododendrons. 

Inveraray Gardens

The gardens and grounds of Inveraray Castle, the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell, are well worth a visit. 

Crarae Garden is a beautiful 50-acre woodland garden in Minard near Inveraray. Wander in the woody paradise of rocky gorges, wooden bridges and thickets of maple and evergreens. 

Cowal Gardens

Visit Cowal to explore two spectacular gardens in magnificent mountainside settings.

Benmore Botanic Garden near Dunoon boasts a world-famous collection of flowering trees and shrubs including over 300 species of rhododendron. 

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden is situated on the shores of Loch Fyne against a background of mountain and forest. Little ones will love the Gruffalo Trail.

Oban & Lorn gardens

You could spend many a happy day getting to know the gardens around Oban and Lorn.

Just south of Oban, Ardmaddy Castle Garden can be found in a spectacular setting. There's a woodland walk, with amazing hydrangea climbing to 60 feet.

Nearby, Arduaine is a stunning coastal garden situated on the southern slope of a promontory beside the Sound of Jura.

Angus Garden is a woodland garden near the Highland village of Taynuilt. 

Ardchattan Priory Garden has a natural tranquility, with herbaceous borders, roses, a rockery, ornamental trees and a wild flower garden.

To the north, the wonderful gardens surrounding the historic Kinlochlaich House in Appin and are open for all to enjoy. The octagonal walled garden was built around 1790 and continues to be a sheltered haven full of plants.

Not too far long the road in Port Appin you'll also find Druimneil House.