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  • Attadale Gardens

    Started by Baron Schroder in the late 19th century, hill paths meander through 20 acres of conifers and rhododendrons. Totally transformed after the 1980 storms by owner Nicky Macpherson, it is now a painter's garden designed to frame the views of Skye and the surrounding hills. Waterfalls, Monet bridges, meconopsis, bamboo and candelabra primula are reflected in dark pools. Sculpture lurks in unexpected places scattered through the garden.

    Major meconopsis and fern collections, over 2000 trees planted over 20 years, you enter through the water gardens stretched out along the drive which are highlighted by spectacular planting of gunnera, meconopsis and Himalayan primula. Wide variety of rhododendrons scattered throughout, some over a hundred years old - see the rhododendron dell. A Japanese garden with raked gravel, cloud-pruned hedges, dwarf conifers and Japanese maples.

    How to find us

    West from Inverness (64 miles); take A9, cross Kessock Bridge to Tore roundabout and then turn left onto the A835. Go through Contin & after Garve, turn left onto A832 to Achnasheen. At the roundabout in Achnasheen, turn left onto the A890. Just before Lochcarron turn left for Strathcarron/Kyle of Lochalsh and continue on A890 for about 3 miles until you reach Attadale.
    North from Fort William (82 miles) on A82 to Invergarry, and then turn left via the A87 through Glen Shiel to Shiel Bridge. Continue through Inverinate and Dornie, then turn right onto A890 to Strathcarron. Continue abt 7 miles until you reach Attadale on the left.
    South from Ullapool (102 miles), take A835 towards Inverness, turn left on A832 coast road. Go through Poolewe, Gairloch & Kinlochewe to Achnasheen, at the roundabout turn right towards Lochcarron - see above.
    Train Kyle - Inverness line - Attadale station

    Location

    Awards

    Four star VisitScotland Garden award
    Green Tourism Silver award
    RHS Partner Garden

    Highlights

    • Water gardens spread the length of the drive with wonderful planting throughout
    • 19 fascinating sculpture varying hugely in style & subject spread throughout
    • Sunken garden is the oldest element of the garden, four equal quadrants
    • Japanese Garden filled with cloud pruned trees, acers, raked gravel, traditional
    • Fern collection in a purpose-built geodesic dome & sunken fern garden with water

    Guided tours

    Guided tours can be provided led by members of the Macpherson family and members of the gardening team.
    Available whenever the gardens are open from April to October. In addition, it is possible out of season.
    Do get in touch to plan as only one guided tour is possible per day, either in the morning or the afternoon. You can enjoy tea and/or coffee with home-made baking which can be provided in the house for an additional cost. The house is not normally open to the public as it is the family home but for personally guided tours, it can be arranged.Group visits can also be arranged - please get in touch to plan

    Educational visits
    We welcome visits from local schools, whether nurseries, primary or secondary schools free of charge. We are happy to provide back up and support for specifically themed tours when required.

    Group visits

    Group visits can also be arranged - please get in touch to plan

    Educational visits
    We welcome visits from local schools, whether nurseries, primary or secondary schools free of charge. We are happy to provide back up and support for specifically themed tours when required.

    Promotional Themes

    • Meconopsis and Woodland Gardens
    • Water Gardens
    • Edible Gardens and Vegetables in Season
    • Autumn Colour
    • Daffodil Displays

    Opening Times

    Monday: 10:00-17:30 Tuesday: 10:00-17:30 also:

    Now open daily from April to October
    Open for private visits on Sunday by arrangement

    Dates closed

    1st November to 1st April

    Admission prices

    Adult: £8 Child: £1 Concession: £6

    Facilities

    Picnic area Car park Accessible parking Toilets Accessible toilets Wheelchair access Pushchair friendly Dog friendly Assistance Dogs

    The DIY cafe is full of interesting information about the history and design of the garden and sells home-made baking and home-made ice cream. There is an honesty box.
    Plants are on sale.
    The Carron Restaurant is only half a mile down the road and provides full hot meals throughout the day.
    Opens in aid of Scotland's Gardens Scheme

    Address

    Attadale House
    Attadale
    STRATHCARRON
    IV54 8YX

    Phone

    01520 722217
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