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Arduaine Garden

Arduaine PA34 4XQ, Scotland
0844 493 2216
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Type: Gardens
Owner description: Arduaine is a wonderfully moist and mossy coastal garden, influenced beneficially by the North Atlantic Drift and enjoyed by enthusiasts from all over... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Beautiful and very interesting collection of wide range of unusual plants from all over the world flourishing on the west coast. Amazing views too from this hidden gem. The next door Loch Melford hotel has lovely 'tea and scones' to revive you after your walk.

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Maurice W, Head Gardener/Property Manager at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! Arduaine has always grown unusual plants and we try to continue the tradition! So many of these go unnoticed that I'm keen to write a 'Rare and Unusual Plant Trail' for next season, for those who enjoy something out of the ordinary. Just one example is the group of ferns called Thyrsopteris elegans... More

Pitlochry, Scotland, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Really nice gardens so well kept, lots of amazing plants, so much colour even in late September. Certainly a place to visit.

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Maurice W, Head Gardener/Property Manager at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

We've had a wonderful September, with many warm sunny days to keep things flowering. It's our aim to have a lot of late colour in the borders as the spring is so flamboyant with the flowering shrubs that we don't need early perennials quite so much. The weather has encouraged quite a lot of repeat flowering which is an added... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

These gardens are an easy walk, full of rhododendrons and magnolias. Even though our visit was out of season there was plenty to see, the viewpoints were particularly good. The small NTS hut boasts a "wee shop" and the staff member who ticketed us was full of useful information. The entrance to the gardens are by a hotel which has... More

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Maurice W, Head Gardener/Property Manager at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

So glad that you had a good time and thanks for your comments. It's always good to hear that our staff have been helpful too. Our reception building will close on Tuesday for the winter, reopening in April, but tickets and guidebooks can be obtained at the aforementioned hotel. The garden stays open all year, of course, and weather permitting... More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Beautiful garden. Quiet and relaxing. Easy walk, ok for kids. Great view point on the surrounding isles. Not a free attraction, but worth a visit when you fancy doing something relaxing. Path to the local rocky beach. Nice photographic opportunities.

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

Always good to hear that visitors enjoy themselves! Sorry we can't be free, but as a charity the National Trust for Scotland relies totally on the public when it comes to managing properties like this. One of the reasons for visiting gardens is to be able to enjoy the peace and tranquillity, and Arduaine has those in spades! We also... More

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Beautiful. So much in bloom, even now. Such a wide variety of beautiful plants, trees and shrubs. Well worth a visit.

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

We've always specialised in late season perennials, largely because we have so much to offer in the spring that we don't want summer here to be an anti-climax! The main borders are full of colour still and will be at least into October, sometimes into November, depending on the weather. There are perennials out there which haven't begun to flower... More

Chichester, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We stayed at the Loch Melfort Hotel next door and seized the opportunity to visit in season. As we have always visited the area previously out of season when the gardens were closed. We were not disappointed, so beautiful and quiet and peaceful, after the hubbub of London great to get away

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review - glad that you enjoyed the famous tranquillity of Arduaine Garden! Can I just say however that the garden has always been open every day of the year, with the reception desk staffed from April to September. So if you want to get away from it all (even on Christmas Day) then you know where... More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

NTS garden - water garden, woodlands, viewpoint out to sea with views of several islands - a beautiful place. Just outside garden is small path leading to shore - say hello to the Highland cattle in the field at the side as you walk down

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

We always like to hear that visitors have enjoyed Arduaine - thanks for your review. Although autumn is in the air there's still a great deal to see here, particularly in the perennial borders, where kniphofia, nerine, Japanese anemone, schizostylis, helianthus, agapanthus, chelone and many, many more are in full flower! For others reading this, do come soon! The Highland... More

Neede, The Netherlands
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Nice place to go. You won't expect a garden like that in The Highlands. Also species like Actaea, Anemone, Veronicastrum and big Kniphofia's are to be seen in Arduane garden.. Even an Eucalyptus tree can be found in this garden! (Spot it on the foto) Coffee is quit expensive compared to what you normally get in Scotland. Small size for... More

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

We do have a beautiful and faraway location if you're coming from the continent, but we are a mere 100 miles NW of Glasgow and accessible from the A816 on a lovely stretch of the Argyll coast! We like to think that we have a good collection of plants in flower after the usual spring display common to so many... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Visited in mid August. Gardens were super with an excellent range of hydrangeas in bloom. Visited at other times of the year and the gardens never disappoint.

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We try not to disappoint but we've certainly had some very changeable weather this year which sometimes catches us out. We planted quite a few hydrangeas recently as apart from being good late flowerers, they were not on the host list for Phytophthora ramorum, so let's hope that they stay that way! We're trying to... More

Luton, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I expect my late wife would have enjoyed this more than me. I am not a plants sort of person. I went in to think about her. The plants that would bloom had finished so it was a bit of a jungle. Probably wasted on me! But a bit of exercise.

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Maurice W, Property Manager/Head Gardener at Arduaine Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing us. I'm sorry that your visit wasn't as happy as it might have been, but I hope that the peaceful surroundings made it possible for you to think about your wife and bring back some happy memories. Our sincere condolences on your sad loss. All very good wishes, Maurice. More

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