Ardkinglas Woodland Garden & Gruffalo Trail

Parks & Gardens

Ardkinglas Estate, Cairndow, Argyll, PA26 8BH

    Ardkinglas Woodland Garden lies in the small Argyll village of Cairndow and is renowned for its fine collection of conifer trees. The Gruffalo Trail will capture the children's imagination.

    Ardkinglas Woodland Garden is situated on the hillside overlooking Loch Fyne and its impressive collection of trees features some of the largest conifers in Europe. These include a silver fir which has a girth in excess of 31 ft. The garden also features one of Britain’s tallest tress, a grand fir, which stands at over 200 ft tall.

    The woodland provides the ideal place for a peaceful woodland walk and family day out and can be enjoyed throughout the year. During spring and early summer the woodland bursts with colour thanks to the bluebell carpet and extensive collection of rhododendrons and azaleas.

    Another highlight within this beautiful garden includes a gazebo with a scriptorium which is based around a collection of literary quotes unique to Argyll.

    Children will love the excitement of finding the Gruffalo - the Mouse will point the way along the Gruffalo Trail.

    3 Garden
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2015 - 31 Dec 2016

    Dawn until dusk


    • Children Welcome


    • Picnic Area

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden

    Payment Methods

    • Internet Banking Transfer
    • No credit cards accepted


    • Coach Parking On-site
    • Free Parking On-Site


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Languages Spoken

    • Finnish Speaking
    • Russian spoken


    • Lochside Location
    • Rural Location
    • Village Location

    Special Requirements

    • Coach Parties Welcome
    • Dogs Welcome
    • Groups Welcome
    • Pets Welcome
    • Single Travellers

    Wedding Services

    • Able to erect a marquee
    • Can use own suppliers
    • Civil Ceremony
    • Wedding Packages Available

    Road Directions

    By Bus:- From Glasgow, Dunoon, or Oban. Please check Timetables.

    Public Transport Directions

    From the nearest information centre:- From nearest TIC; Arrochar: Follow the A83 west to Cairndow. Inveraray: Follow the A83 east to Cairndow.

    Getting there by railway:- From Arrochar and Tarbet Station take A83 for Campbeltown. After 11 miles take left turn into Cairndow. The garden is clearly sign posted.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- From Glasgow Airport: take M8 for Erskine Bridge. Follow A82 for Crianlarich, up Loch Lomond. At Tarbet take A83 for Campbeltown. 11 miles from Tarbet take the left turn into Cairndow and the garden is clearly sign posted.

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    • Parking provided for visitors

    This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.

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