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Gardens

With its mild climate, warmed by the Gulf Stream, Argyll and the Isles provides the perfect growing conditions for a riot of native and exotic plants. Over 20 glorious gardens are set amid its spectacular coastal landscape, many with stunning views out to sea. The gardens provide colour and interest throughout the year, from carpets of bluebells in spring to flame-red canopies in autumn.

A number of the gardens are part of historic estates, so you can discover history as well as enjoy the beauty of blooming rhododendrons, blazing azaleas and towering trees. Mount Stuart on Bute, for example, has 300 acres of vibrant gardens, wilderness and woodland that have been nurtured and enhanced over time.

Other islands are home to some of the finest gardens. Achamore Gardens on Gigha offer a tranquil haven where you can stroll through natural woodlands, while Colonsay House Gardens provide a huge array of plants amid stunning surroundings. Back on the mainland, Benmore Botanic Gardens has a magnificent mountain setting, over 300 species of rhododendron and a spectacular avenue of giant redwoods. You could easily spend a few days exploring the garden delights of An Cala, Ardmaddy and Arduaine in and around Oban.

Glorious Gardens of Argyll & Bute is a great place to find out more about gardens in Argyll & The Isles. Scotland's Gardens is another fantastic source of information about gardens that are open to the public in the region.

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Hill House
Hill House
High on a hill, overlooking the River Clyde, sits the Hill House – what is universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation. The celebrated...
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Inveraray Castle
Inveraray Castle
Inveraray Castle is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell. It's an iconic, must-see visitor attraction and has wonderful gardens to...
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Islay House Community Garden
Islay House Community Garden
The Islay House Community Garden is a fantastic community initiative in Bridgend on Islay. The 4.5-acre sheltered walled garden was originally the kitchen garden for...
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Kinlochlaich Gardens
Kinlochlaich Gardens
These wonderful gardens surround the historic Kinlochlaich House and are open for all to enjoy. Like many gardens on the west coast, the mild climate of the Gulf Stream...
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Linn Botanic Gardens
Linn Botanic Gardens
The Linn Botanic Garden is a horticultural treasure trove, situated at the head of Cove Bay on the west side of Rosneath Peninsula. The development of the present garden...
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Lip na Cloiche Garden & Nursery
Lip na Cloiche Garden & Nursery
The garden is situated on a steep hillside on the nort-west coast of the Isle of Mull, with stunning views over to the Isle of Ulva, the Treshnish Islands and Ben...
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Mount Stuart
Mount Stuart
There's loads to see and do at Mount Stuart, from the incredible 19th-century country manor house to the glorious gardens and the award-winning visitor centre....
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Strachur Park
Strachur Park
Originally laid out in 1789, Strachur Park covers some four hundred acres of pasture broken up by stately avenues and stands of mature trees - mostly limes, beeches and...
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