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“Designed by God ( and Lord Horlicks) on God's own Island”
Review of Achamore Gardens

Achamore Gardens
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Owner description: A 4* visitor attraction located on the Isle of Gigha, Argyll. Only 3 hours drive from Glasgow city centre or 1 1/2 from Oban. A ferry departs on the hour from Tayinloan [no 1 o'clock sailing], and is a 20 minute ferry crossing. The community owned Achamore Gardens comprise 54 acres of woodland and walled gardens, glasshouses, a bamboo maze and is home to the Horlick Rhododendron Collection. Many rare and unusual plants usually found in far more temperate climates thrive in Gigha's almost frost-free micro-climate, and several champion trees grow throughout the gardens. Entrance fee charged, free parking. Accommodation available nearby should you want to explore this beautiful island and experience it's warm welcome for yourself.Refreshments available at the community owned Gigha Hotel, the Boathouse Bistro or from Ardminish Stores in the village.
Reviewed 21 June 2013

Heaven is a place on earth - and I've found it at Achamore. Originally laid out by Lord Horlick with many specimens not normally found on our shores, the Island community has taken a positive decision not to maintain in a formal way all areas of the garden, but to let nature take it's course in some areas with only a light touch from the gardening staff - and nature has done a wonderful job. It is quite simply, absolutely stunning. Tranquil, no traffic noise and only bird song to accompany your meanderings through the garden you could be forgiven for thinking that you had died and gone to heaven. The walled garden is well maintained and is beautiful in all seasons - the resident cats are very friendly and the bamboo tunnel is always a big hit with children. You can walk up the hill and sit for ages admiring the view across the sea to Islay and Jura, or opt for a walk through the trees and wilder areas of the garden. There are toilets on site, but no cafe facilities ( these would be very welcome - perhaps the B+B in the old house might consider a sideline?) so at the moment you will need to bring your own picnic or refreshments with you. The staff pot on some of the seedlings and cuttings and offer these for sale in small pots at the entrance - they always thrive.
If you are in search of peace and tranquility and want an assault of all your senses in a way that it is so rare to find these days, then the entrance fee of £4.50 is the best money you will ever spend for a peaceful and refreshing day out.

Thank seajay1111
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"worth a visit"
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"islay and jura"
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

Visited first week in June. Delay in Spring this year meant that this was them at their very best. A feast for the eyes and the sense of smell. The team of 3 gardeners, along with the volunteers have a huge garden to manage. They deserve all the support they can get from the visiting public.

Thank Corran
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

Beautiful well kept and a pleasure to just sit and enjoy the grounds. Liked everything especially the walled garden.easy to get to just about a mile from the ferry.staff very pleasant and helpful

Thank Drew M
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

We visited in May just as the azaleas and rhododendrons were coming into their own. Spectacular colours. Well laid out signage and pathways and not too muddy so normal footwear was ok. A short stroll from the Calmac landing. Gigha itself has a special atmosphere and well worth a visit, especially on a sunny day.

5  Thank WinstonGlasgow
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

Great morning spent exploring the gardens. The blooms were fantastic and excellent viewpoint to look over the island. Highly recommended. You can even take your dogs with you.

Thank NickyVN
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