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Achamore Gardens

I, Scotland
+44 1583 505390
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A wreck of a once beatiful garden

This famous garden is sadly neglected. It remains pleasant to walk round but gives the impression... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2016
Hillcrest_8
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Glasgow, Scotland
Take your gardening gloves (or not) and enjoy this green and pleasant space on Gigha

These gardens are a real treat in a fairly remote location (the Isle of Gigha not far off the Mull... read more

Reviewed August 23, 2016
LesterK
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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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.
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Reviewed August 24, 2016

This famous garden is sadly neglected. It remains pleasant to walk round but gives the impression that it is no longer actively managed. The walled garden is unkempt but still pretty. There is a viewpoint with a beautiful view westwards. A shed contains some information...More

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Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

These gardens are a real treat in a fairly remote location (the Isle of Gigha not far off the Mull of Kintyre peninsula). They occupy ~50 acres mainly woodland, with a lovely full walled garden maintained by the National Trust. The non-maintained bit is full...More

Thank LesterK
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Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

First impressions were good and the gardens are easy to find but even my shambles of a garden puts this to shame. The owners have a cheek asking £15 for a family ticket and then present us with an overgrown tumbledown pathetic excuse for an...More

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Reviewed August 7, 2016

It is sad to see these gardens in such a terrible state. hardly any exhibits labelled/signed,exotic plants being taken over by the ferns and other local species.The paths are barely passable in places and machinery that must have been there the last time i visited[40...More

Thank Duncan L
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Reviewed August 7, 2016

I was looking forward to visiting the gardens as last visit to Gigha it was so hot we never got past the beautiful beach. Its a bit of a walk from the ferry - maybe 30min with the kids. We didnt know beforehand that the...More

Thank Andy P
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Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

Despite the light rain we really enjoyed the gardens, it is a little walk from the ferry and as many have said they are lacking a gardener but we quite liked the wildness of the gardens. Don't miss the viewpoint accessed from a path that...More

Thank Akbrad
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Reviewed July 24, 2016

The house seems to be separate from the garden now which is having limited upkeep, probably from volunteers. At its best it must have been colourful in spring. Somebody with lots of money could buy the house and then charge a small fee for lodgings...More

Thank McdonaldsLinlithgow
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Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Yes the gardens have an air of neglect and I really hope some way will be found to reinstate them to their former glory. This said we really enjoyed our visit especially as we were able to take the dog - increasingly unusual! Walking round...More

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Reviewed July 20, 2016

we visited late afternoon on a wet day. The booklet gives an unrealistic idea of what to expect. The paths are overgrown and it looks sad and unloved at the moment, it seems plans are in place to put the joy back into this garden

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Reviewed July 17, 2016

the honesty box asks for £6 per adult but after paying this we were very disappointed when we walked around the gardens. No doubt there are some spectacular plants and trees but the obvious neglect makes them difficult to find. The walled garden was also...More

Thank Wilma P
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