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.
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