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Achamore Gardens

Scotland
+44 1583 505275
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A Bit More TLC Needed

When you're on the island it's a place to visit and meander through the grounds where there is much... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
jimboSaundersfoot
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Saundersfoot
Woodland Garden

Full of interesting examples of plants and trees, that might not be appreciated by the less... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
gastronaut_11
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Perth, United Kingdom
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A 4* visitor attraction located on the Isle of Gigha, Argyll. Only 3 hours drive from Glasgow city centre or 1 1/2 from Oban. A ferry departs on the hour from Tayinloan [no 1 o'clock sailing], and is a 20 minute ferry crossing. The community owned Achamore Gardens comprise 54 acres of woodland and walled gardens, glasshouses, a bamboo maze and is home to the Horlick Rhododendron Collection. Many rare and unusual plants usually found in far more temperate climates thrive in Gigha's almost frost-free micro-climate, and several champion trees grow throughout the gardens. Entrance fee charged, free parking. Accommodation available nearby should you want to explore this beautiful island and experience it's warm welcome for yourself.Refreshments available at the community owned Gigha Hotel, the Boathouse Bistro or from Ardminish Stores in the village.
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good37%
  • Average14%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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“walled garden” (29 reviews)
“full bloom” (5 reviews)
“worth a visit” (10 reviews)
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Reviewed 3 days ago

When you're on the island it's a place to visit and meander through the grounds where there is much and varied plantlife to be seen and the pathways are safe enough. However a bit more attention is needed on the upkeep side and it really...More

Thank jimboSaundersfoot
Reviewed 4 days ago

Full of interesting examples of plants and trees, that might not be appreciated by the less knowledgeable. Perhaps not the best time of year to visit. There is an honesty box payment system.Gardeners were working maintaining the grounds when we visited. Tranquil and peaceful, exactly...More

Thank gastronaut_11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I last visited in May about 20 years ago the gardens were good but rather overgrown. Currenty it is sad and neglected BUT, I understand, Glasgow and Edinburgh Botanic Gardens might get involved next year (2018). Beechgrove Garden were interested in renovating the walled...More

Thank RHB711
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Heaven on earth....recouperating from stress! Came back a different person. A jewel in Scotland's crown!

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This must be the joke of the year. Recently went to Gigha and was so looking forward to walking round the Achamore Gardens. Picked up a leaflet that stated that these gardens were STB 4 star and and had great photographs. Walked along to see...More

Thank Danny546
Reviewed 31 May 2017

This is a garden run by volunteers. To give some perspective, the the island had a declining population and was bought by the residents, I believe the population is around 200 folks now. Tourism is fundamental to their economy. This garden is work in progress...More

Thank Ian P
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Admittedly we went in May and the Azaleas and rhododendrons were in full bloom, but the gardens were so beautiful and tranquil. A great view point and walled garden (with peacocks.) It was just really lovely to walk around and enjoy the gardens and take...More

Thank ELMyhill
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The upkeep of these spectactularly beautiful subtropical gardens has been a headache for the island in view of the community buyout - as any gardener knows, keeping up to places like this can be an expensive and difficult business. But do visit with confidence and...More

Thank Catherine C
Reviewed 17 May 2017

I visited Achamore Gardens slightly warily due to previous reviews. I was pleasantly surprised. Admission is by donation in an honesty box but I didn't see any suggestion of £6 as other reviewers have said. It's up to you what you pay. If you like...More

Thank sheila218
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Enjoyed a tour of the grounds on a lovely sunny day in early May. Off season half price entry via the honesty box was a nice start. Also as one with mobility issues! It was good to find that I could make my own way...More

Thank JacknGill_12
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