Nestled on the southern tip of the Isle of Gigha is Achamore Gardens, a 50 acre woodland garden that houses the Horlick Collection of Rhododendron. At the center of the gardens is Achamore House, an 1880s “baronial mansion” designed and built by the firm of the legendary architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Here you’ll see rhododendron in hues you may never have encountered before, like this striking shade of peach.
Recently restored by islanders, the gardens offer visitors an opportunity to wander along paths amid stunning greenery. At times, the gardens feel raw and wild and capture the natural beauty of the Scottish terrain. But for those who wish something more formal, near the guest house B&B the site includes walled rose gardens used by brides and grooms for weddings on the manicured lawn.
My suggestions: pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at tables set up alongside the pond garden, where bluebells, harebells, wood rose, bramble, clover, vetch, willowherb and other beautiful blooms grow in a carpet of vibrant hues.
Blooms are plentiful, and species of plants diverse. Rain or shine, the walk through the Achamore woodlands and cultivated spaces is peaceful and serene, with plenty of color to delight the eye.
Achamore Gardens and Achamore House