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Gigha

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    Gigha - pronounced 'geeya', with a hard 'g' - is a small, fertile island, just 3 miles off the west coast of Kintyre.

    The ferry from Tayinloan, 23 miles south of Tarbert, deposits you at the island's only village, Ardminish, where you'll find the post office and shop and the all-denominations island church with some interesting stained-glass windows. Bike rental is available from the shop if you don't want to explore on foot or by car.

    The main attraction on the island is Achamore Gardens, a mile and a half south of Ardminish. Established by Sir James Horlick (of the malted milk hot drink), the gardens' spectacularly colourful display of azaleas are best seen in early summer.

    To the southwest of the gardens, the ruins of the 13th century Kilchattan Chapel are floored with weathered medieval gravestones; the ogam stone nearby is the only one of its kind in the west of Scotland.

    The real draw of Gigha, however, apart from the peace and quiet, are the white sandy beaches including one at Ardminish itself that dot the coastline.
     

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