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Arduaine Garden

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Address: | Off A816, Arduaine PA34 4XQ, Scotland
Phone Number:
+44 844 493 2216
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Arduaine is a wonderfully moist and mossy coastal garden, influenced...

Arduaine is a wonderfully moist and mossy coastal garden, influenced beneficially by the North Atlantic Drift and enjoyed by enthusiasts from all over the world. Twenty acres of outstanding woodland plants include not only a major rhododendron species collection with a leaning towards the more tender, but also all the usual spring-flowering favourites such as camellia, pieris, azalea and magnolia. Other trees and shrubs take the flowering season on into the autumn along with an inspiring miscellany of bulbs, perennials, climbers, water plants and ferns, many rare and unusual, many down to earth and familiar, all interesting and beautiful in their diverse ways. A spectacular coastal and island panorama can be enjoyed from the easily accessible cliff top viewpoint. Visitors are welcome every day and will find something of interest throughout the year, come rain or shine.

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I have visited Arduaine Garden many times, but more recently I took a London friend of mine along so that he could see the red squirrels, and we weren't disappointed. Thanks to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 December 2016
Michaela R
Kilmelford, United Kingdom
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Kilmelford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

I have visited Arduaine Garden many times, but more recently I took a London friend of mine along so that he could see the red squirrels, and we weren't disappointed. Thanks to the gardeners and volunteers placing feeding boxes on some of the trees near the public paths, we were able to enjoy five squirrels playing, fighting and feeding. It... More 

Thank Michaela R
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Lovely Autumn colours. Well worth a visit. Easy walk to the gardens from Loch Melfort Hotel. Book a meal in the wonderful restaurant or bistro following your visit.

Thank sandj1979
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

After visiting Oban, drove down the coast to see what was there. Found this little NTS garden. If you have an hour or two to spare, you could do worse. The garden is lovely and well tended and the views out to Loch Melfort are stunning.

Thank nono323
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Wow - so glad we stopped here. It was a rainy and blustery day, but the garden calmed our souls and we completely forgot about the weather. There are so many amazing microcosms in a relatively small space that is designed to feel enormous. You walk from one vignette to another and feel like you are changing ecosystems and even... More 

Thank Kelly H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This was our first visit to this garden and we were pleasantly surprised by the variety of plants and shrubs. We also loved the fact that our dog was allowed to accompany us - otherwise we would have been unable to take in this well tended garden.

Cupar, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped off here en route to Oban and I was blown away by the beautiful gardens. The colours and scents were inviting and relaxing. Brilliant viewpoint with information stand telling you what each landmark is. Useful guides beside benches telling you what was planted where and why. Donations towards the national trust are welcomed and I was proud to pop... More 

Thank Sean E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

this garden is very attractively laid out with many varied plants and trees but would be stunning in the Spring.

Thank Annanite
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Wonderfully mature woodland garden just as nature intended just 35 minutes from Oban combining a natural idyllic oasis for wildlife with numerous paths guiding you through beautiful flower borders and well signposted walks leading through the trees to the stunningly beautiful sea loch vistas .Fantastic day out made all the more enjoyable as they allow dogs on leads.Highly recommend visit... More 

Thank Karen S
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We stopped off at lunchtime to have a look around the garden and have some lunch at the hotel, when we walked down to the garden entrance we stopped to read the sign about the work going on within the gardens to eradicate fungus. Before we could get in the door we were challenged rudely by a female member off... More 

Thank garyj1717
cogan_kim, Front Office Manager at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

I am very sorry to hear that you did not visit Arduaine on this occasion. Arduaine Garden is unfortunately infected with Phytophthora ramorum and, as I’m sure you will appreciate, it is very important that we protect others from infection through stringent biosecurity arrangements. Our staff are very passionate about this, and I sincerely apologise if on this occasion this... More 

St Helier, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Very interesting gardens with different walks - short or long - and various areas to see eg ponds/borders/woodland. Well worth a visit.

Thank Catherine R

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