Visiting Gardens in and around Port Appin and within driving distance.
Argyll has the most amazing gardens, some very local to the hotel, whilst others are between a one to two hour drive away, hence making for a lovely day out. For information on gardens within Argyll you will find useful information by visiting the following website: Glorious Gardens in Argyll. www.gardens-of-argyll.co.uk
Drumneil House - 5 minute drive time
The most local garden to the hotel is Drumneil House Garden which is well known for it's fine display of Rhododendrons, shrubs and trees. Drumneil does not have it's own website so please ask any member of staff for information.
Kinlochlaich - Appin - 10 minutes drive time - 01631 730 342
Kinlochlaich House provides a wonderful setting for this walled garden. Combined within the walls you will find a well stocked garden centre selling many of the plants seen throughout the gardens of Argyll. www.kinlochlaichgardencentre.co.uk
Ardchattan Garden - Ardchattan Priory - 25 minutes drive time - 01631 750 274
Ardchattan Garden surrounds the Priory which is the second oldest inhabited house in Scotland. To the west of the Priory is the wild garden with over 150 shrubs and many wild flowers. The front lawn leads down to Loch Etive with wonderful views of Mull and Ben Cruachan. Light lunches and teas are available daily during the season. www.ardchattan.co.uk
Barguilleans’s Angus Garden – Taynuilt – 45 minute drive time – 01866 822333
Established in 1957, the gardens are set in naturalized woodlands around the shores of Loch Angus and were created in memory of Angus MacDonald, journalist and writer, killed in Cyprus in 1956. There is a nature walk, wildlife and waterfowl on the loch, and the loch is now home to 25 rescued swans and has become a sanctuary. The gardens are famous for its collection of hybrid rhododendrons and azaleas. www.barguillean.co.uk
Arduaine Garden - Arduaine - 1 hour drive time - 01852 200 366
This garden is best known for the wide range of rhododendrons but also contains many other tender species which enjoy the mildness and moisture of the west coast. Arduaine has something to offer everyone. www.arduaine-garden.org.uk
Crarae Garden - Crarae, Loch Fynne - 1 hour 30 minutes drive time - 01546 886 614
Rare trees and exotic shrubs from around the world thrive in this mild climate and with the magnificent setting of this Highland glen make Crarae unique among gardens. The many flowering shrubs change the gardens mood daily. There is a visitor centre selling crafts and refreshments which is open from Easter to the end of October. www.gardens-of-argyll.co.uk
There are several other gardens within driving distance of Airds Hotel. For more details of all gardens open to the public including those only open on specific dates or by appointment, please visit www.scotlandsgardens.org