Ardtornish Estate - Glorious Gardens of Argyll and Bute
The hill garden stretches over 25 acres and is a mixture of formal and
informal plantings that bear testament to a family tradition in gardening and an 'enthusiasm for the exotic' of a bygone era. The garden supports a particularly fine collection of rhododendrons that can be found in the Rhododendron Glen and Cinnabarinum Glen, together with yellow and orange
azaleas, the latter of which are part of the original nineteenth century planting.
The original planting of the site in the late nineteenth century was intended to be
enjoyed by approach from the sea, with the towers of Ardtornish House springing from a semi-circle of trees, mainly evergreen. The plantings were designed to showcase the colour, form and architecture of a range of exotic species in a manner that complimented the natural features and flora of the coastal and hill terrain.
How to find us
As you drive off the Corran Ferry onto the Ardnamurchan Peninsula, turn left onto the A861 and continue straight ahead for 12.5 miles.Turn left off the A861 onto the A884 at the top of Loch Sunart where the turning is signposted to Lochaline and Mull Ferry, and continue straight ahead for 15.7 miles.Turn left off the A884 onto the estate road where the turning is signposted Ardtornish. You are now only a few minutes from your destination.
Travelling to Ardtornish by public transport is possible, and often involves multiple forms of transport including train, bus & ferry. If you get your timing right you'll be sure to embark on one of the most beautiful & adventurous by public transport journeys in Scotland.
- In Spring and Summer, the gardens are a riot of colour
- May and early June are excellent months to explore the Rhododendron Glen
- Our Victorian Kitchen Garden sells a fine variety of seasonal fruit and veg
- Ardtornish simply teems with wildlife ‚Äì furred, finned and feathered
- A procession of red, yellows and oranges heralds the approach of Autumn
Self guided only
Self guided only
You can find our accessibility statement here.
You can download our booklet here.
- Edible Gardens and Vegetables in Season
- Autumn Colour
- Rhododendron Displays
Opening TimesMonday: 0800-1800 Tuesday: 0800-1800 also:
Kitchen garden opening times: 09.00-1700 (Monday,Tuesday,Thursday,Friday)
Admission pricesAdult: £4.00
FacilitiesShop Car park Toilets Wheelchair access Accommodation Dog friendly Cycle path
AddressArdtornish Estate Co Ltd
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