Innish, Atlantic Bridge, Seil Island, Argyll
Innish at the 'Bridge over the Atlantic' (built circa 1792)
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Argyll's Gardens
Thanks to the Victorian and more recent plant gatherers, Argyll has an abundance of first class gardens many of which are within easy reach of Innish and open to the public. You don't need to be a gardening fanatic to thoroughly enjoy a visit to these delightful places. Take a picnic and enjoy some really exotic surroundings with some of the best views in the country.
Arduaine: has been developed over the last ninety years or so. Set in twenty acres overlooking Asknish Bay, Loch Melfort and the Sound of Jura, it is home to a grand collection of rhododendrons and plants from all over the world. A lovely place to explore and impossible not to enjoy.
Arduaine Gardens
Ancala: established in the early 1930s on the Isle of Seil by Mawson, with much of the original plantings still surviving. Beds of Poulsen roses and Japanese Cherry trees being among the many features of this pleasant and sheltered garden. Ancala Gardens
Ardmaddy castle: a collection of species and hybrid rhododendrons and a fine kitchen garden lead you on to delightful woodland walks with views over the isle of Torsa, Luing and Shuna. An all weather tennis court is an additional attraction.
Ardmaddy Castle Gardens

Crarae:is probably my favourite garden in the whole of Scotland. Set in a glen on the shores of Loch Fyne, seeing is believing in this garden, it would take far too long to describe. If you go to Crarae, plan to spend a good few hours or take a picnic and make a day of it. There is a visitors centre which is open 'seasonal hours' where you can get teas, coffee and snacks

Crarae Gardens

Other gardens within easy reach from Innish and in no particular order: -

Ardchattan Priory crossing Connel Bridge above the spectacular tidal 'Falls of Lora' then take the first right and following the shores of Loch Etive you will arrive at the priory set amid stunning scenery. If you carry on up the loch and take the B845 over to Barcaldine, this makes for a nice wee circular tour.

Barguillean's Angus Garden are on a lovely circular drive up Glen Feochan from Kilmore, through Glen Lonan, stopping off at the gardens, then on to Taynuilt and back through Oban. These are perhaps the newest of the gardens having been started in 1957, but with the views of Ben Cruachan if you drive this way round, they are well worth a visit.

With many other gardens in Argyll, if this is you forte, try telephoning the tourist information centre. They would would be happy to supply you with plenty of further information or brochures. Telephone No: 44 (0) 1631 563122 (Oban Office)

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