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A 4* visitor attraction located on the Isle of Gigha, Argyll. Only 3 hours...

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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Interesting gardens.

Autumn isn't the best time to see gardens but it was still worth the visit - some beautiful trees and unusual flowers. It's a lovely setting.

Reviewed 27 September 2016
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

From the pictures in the Calmac brochure, this looked a nice attraction to visit on our unplanned trip to Gigha. We're here early spring and so wouldn't expect full bloom, but there were quite a lot of flowers out. We were able to take our dog through on lead, which was good and we did the suggested hour loop walk... More 

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Thank Mel J
North Tyneside
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42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Achamore Gardens are one of Gigha's best known and most popular attractions and deservedly so. Nothing like the slightly stuffy formality of Brodick, on Arran, and an easy rival for beauty and surprising pleasures, in my view! The paths are occasionally muddy and the little red arrows that you can follow around may be missing or hard to find but... More 

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Thank Liza W
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the gardens recently and absolutely horrified at the state they are in. We were there a few years ago and the difference is appalling. They are being left to go to rack and ruin and unfortunately the honesty box is at the entrance and you have to pay before you enter. They should remove the entrance fee till... More 

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Lockerbie, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looked interesting from the leaflet in the various tourist offices, but didn't quite live up to our expectations. Entry is on an 'honest box' basis, where £6 per head is requested. Initially this did seem a bit steep as currently it would appear to be just the walled garden that is being maintained, with the rest of the extensive grounds... More 

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Thank John D
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4 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If Captain Scarlett or Mr Horlick could see the gardens now they would turn in their grave's. The walled garden is the most disappointing as it has the potential to be stunning. Felt like I was conned to visit and pay to see something so poor. Not worth a visit!

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Thank david p
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Its a real pity these beautiful gardens are being left to overgrow in places. However don't let this put you off such a wonderful visit. Its bursting with plants of all kinds and if you pick the right day you will be surprised with what you see. The colours of the flowers in summer are stunning, the perfume from the... More 

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Thank Hotel-inspector s
Edinburgh
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75 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We were lucky enough to have a guided tour as part of the Kintyre and Gigha walking festival. The guide was very knowledgeable and the gardens, though overgrown in many places, have fantastic potential and there's a stunning view from the highest point. I wish them luck in their endeavours and look forward to visiting again.

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Thank Aileen G
Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Whilst visiting Tarbert we decided to take the ferry over to Gigha as I've always wanted to visit as I was under the impression the gardens were full of tropical plants due to the Gulf Stream running this way. How disappointed were we! Perhaps it was not the ideal time of year for our visit but it was pretty run... More 

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Thank Ann H
Milwaukee
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29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is a wonderful garden with a massive collection of rhododendrons. My favorite was the Walled Garden with beds a riot of color and hiding from my husband in the bamboo maze. Quiet paths lead to a pond and climbing the viewpoint afforded a panoramic view of the garden and surrounding area. I can't imagine the glory when the rhodies... More 

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Thank zelda810
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 27 September 2016

Autumn isn't the best time to see gardens but it was still worth the visit - some beautiful trees and unusual flowers. It's a lovely setting.

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