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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. Ardkinglas Woodland Garden


    Parks & Gardens


    • 3 Garden
    3 Garden


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

  2. Kinlochlaich Gardens


    Parks & Gardens



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

  3. Barguillean's "Angus Garden"


    Parks & Gardens



    Nine acre woodland garden around an eleven acre loch set in the Glen Lonan hills.

  4. Druimneil House


    Parks & Gardens


    Port Appin

    The Victorian Druimneil House in Port Appin in Argyll features a beautiful large garden which overlooks Loch Linnhe.

  5. Bute Forest


    Nature Centres & Reserves



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

  6. Crinan Hotel Garden


    Parks & Gardens



    The Crinan Hotel is situated on the banks of the Loch Crinan on the Argyll coast and its secret garden is located behind the hotel.

  7. Gradings


    The Colintraive Community Garden and Heritage Centre are situated in the small village of Colintraive on Cowal peninsula.

  8. Benmore Botanic Garden


    Parks & Gardens


    • 4 Garden
    4 Garden


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

  9. Crarae Garden


    Parks & Gardens



    Crarae Garden lies 10 miles south of Inveraray in Argyll and is a Himalayan-style exotic garden, managed by the National Trust for Scotland.

  10. Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction


    Visit this small ruin perched on a hill near Oban which was once a formidable stronghold of Clan MacDougall.


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