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Tour of Argyll Gardens Itinerary 2017-05-22T10:35:36+00:00

The Royal an Lochan

Tour of Argyll Gardens Itinerary

Giant conifers, magnificent rhododendrons and rare flowers and plants from all over the world, the gardens of Argyll have them all.

Argyll has some of the most spectacular gardens anywhere in Scotland. Its position on Scotland’s West Coast means it is in the path of the Gulf Stream which brings warm water up from the Gulf of Mexico creating a very fertile climate that plant life flourishes in.

If you choose, you could visit 3-4 gardens in one day with the Royal an Lochan as a base or you can spread your visits out over a few days if you want a more relaxed time.

Garden 1 – Benmore Botanic Garden


From the hotel, drive up the side of the Kyles of Bute and Loch Ridden, cross over the moors to Dunoon on the B836 through Glen Lean. At the road’s end, turn left and head north on the A815. Benmore Botanic Garden is just before the southern end of Loch Eck.

Benmore Botanic Gardens giant redwoods avenue

The avenue of Giant redwoods at Benmore Botanic Gardens.

The Garden has an incredible entrance; an avenue of 50m high Giant Redwood trees that stretches 100m and leads you into the Garden. Rare plants, conifers and over 300 species of rhododendrons are to be found throughout the Garden including specimens from the Americas, Far East and the Himalayas. Be sure to visit the beautifully restored Victorian Fernery, the ornate Formal Garden and take a walk up to the viewpoint where you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of Holy Loch and the surrounding hills and mountains.

Open all year round, partial wheelchair access, gift shop and guided tours.

Garden 2 – Ardkinglas Woodland Garden


From the hotel drive up the side of the Kyles of Bute and Loch Ridden on the A8003 through Glendaruel, through Strachur, up the side of Loch Fyne then onto the A83 where the Garden is a minute or two away at the village of Cairndow.

If you are visiting after spending some time at Benmore, continue up the side of Loch Eck until you reach Strachur. At Strachur, bear right and drive up the side of beautiful Loch Fyne until you reach the junction with the A83. Turn left and Ardkinglas is a few hundred metres down the road.

Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens boasts a fabulous collection of Champion Trees including Britain’s former tallest tree (a 64m Grand Fir), Patagonian Cypress, Hinoki Cypress and Western Cedar. Red squirrels a plentiful throughout the woods and gardens and you can often see them scampering around as you walk through the woodland paths.

Open all year round, partial wheelchair access, gift shop and guided tours.

Garden 3 – Inveraray Castle Garden


From Ardkinglas, Cairndow, follow the A83 to Inveraray where the Castle entrance is on the right upon entering the town.

Inveraray Castle Gardens

With the backdrop of the magnificent Inveraray Castle, Inveraray Castle Gardens always impress at any time of year; vibrant daffodils and woodland bluebells during the spring, multi-coloured rhododendrons and azaleas during the summer. There is also a fine collection of conifers including deodars and sequoia that thrive in the high rainfall climate.

Open Apr-Oct, partial wheelchair access, gift shop and picnic areas.

Garden 4 – Crarae Garden


From Inveraray, head south on the A83 for 10 miles. The Garden is well signposted.

Crarae Garden is set on the hillside overlooking Loch Fyne; a dramatic setting for this large woodland garden. Adding to the drama is a gorge which runs through the centre of the garden and with its tumbling hillside stream and bridges is like being in a Himalayan foothills landscape. The shrubs and trees including conifers and rhododendrons have been specially selected to showcase their fantastic colours in Spring and Autumn.

Open all year round, partial wheelchair access, visitor centre and guided tours by prior arrangement.

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