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  • A close-up of pink rhododendrons with greenary in the background
    A Rhododendron flower in Achamore Gardens
  • Looking across a pond at the magnificent Benmore Botanic Gardens at Benmore on the Cowal Peninsula, Argyl & The Isles
    The magnificent Benmore Botanic Gardens on the Cowal Peninsula
  • Bright flowers and grennery surround a quaint wooden bridge that crosses the burn
    Crarae Garden,a woodland garden belonging to the National Trust for Scotland, near Minard
  • Flowers at a woodland garden belonging to the National Trust for Scotland, Argyll & The Isles
    Flowers at a woodland garden belonging to the National Trust for Scotland
  • Twisted Tree at Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens, known as the mightiest conifer in Europe, Argyll & The Isles
    Twisted Tree at Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens

Nurtured by the warmth of the Gulf Stream, the dramatic landscapes of Argyll & The Isles are home to a number of gardens and parks where both native and exotic plants thrive.

Many of the gardens are also part of historic estates, meaning you can soak up the beauty and tranquility of the region's glorious gardens while discovering its dramatic history and heritage.

In a magnificent mountainside setting on the Cowal Peninsula lies Benmore Botanic Gardens, an enchanting area steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery. Benmore’s 120 acres boast over 300 species of rhododendron, Bhutanese and Chilean plantings, and a spectacular avenue of giant redwoods.

Spend a morning in the colourful Ardmaddy Castle Garden, near Oban, where you can admire vibrant rhododendrons and serene water gardens.

Mid Argyll is also famed for its beautiful gardens. Kilmory Woodland Park, set in the grounds of Kilmory Castle, is a wonderful location to begin exploring with a network of paths leading through the trees to a loch-side picnic area, bird hide, and archaeological interest points. Take in the stunning views across the surrounding landscape with its exotic shrubs, rare trees and blooming rhododendrons.

Crarae Garden is another favourite that is centred around the Crarae Burn with water cascading through a rocky gorge. With conifers towering above woody plants and shrubs, and bridges spanning the burn, it can almost feel as though you have stepped into a Himalayan valley.

Or why not hop aboard a ferry to a romantic island retreat? Achamore Gardens, situated on the Isle of Gigha, are blazing with colour and offer a tranquil haven where you can stroll through natural woodlands, see rare plants and admire rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias.

Meanwhile, on the Isle of Bute you’ll find one of Europe’s finest estates. Incorporating 300 acres of vibrant gardens, wilderness and woodland, Mount Stuart’s dramatic gardens have been nurtured and enhanced over time. The Rock Garden, designed by the celebrated English landscape gardener Thomas Mawson, is a real highlight.

Browse the information listings to find gardens and parks in Argyll & The Isles and plan a trip to Scotland today. You can also find more information, news and events from the glorious gardens of Argyll & Bute.

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  1. Castle Gardens

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    Dunoon

    The Castle Gardens are situated in the town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

  2. Geilston Gardens

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    Mid Argyll, Kintyre & Islay

    A 200 year old garden with interesting features, including a 100 ft Wellingtonia that dominates the main lawn.

  3. Bute Forest

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    Bute

    Welcome to Bute Forest, a unique area of forest on the Isle of Bute with walks for all ages.

  4. Kinlochlaich Gardens

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    Appin

    Kinlochlaich Gardens are set around Kinlochlaich House in Appin, around half way between Fort William and Oban.

  5. Benmore Botanic Garden

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    Dunoon

    Benmore Botanic Garden lies seven miles north of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula.

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    Connel and North Connel

    Visit the mighty stronghold of the ‘Kings of the Isles’ where Jacobite heroine Flora MacDonald was believed to have been held in prisoner.

  7. Ardchattan Priory

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    Oban

    Beautifully situated on the north side of Loch Etive.

  8. Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

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    Cairndow

    Ardkinglas Woodland Garden lies in the small Argyll village of Cairndow and is renowned for its fine collection of conifer trees.

  9. An Cala

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    Seil

    An Cala is a 1930s designed garden situated on the Isle of Seil, off the Argyll coast.

  10. Arduaine Garden

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    Oban

    Arduaine Garden is a beautiful green oasis, which lies 20 miles south of Oban in Argyll and is managed by the National Trust for Scotland.

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