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Achamore Gardens

Historic garden on the Isle of Gigha conserving rhododendron cultivars created by Colonel James Horlick.

  • 4.6

  • from 87 Google reviews

A plant in a forest
A plant in a forest

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About the garden

Achamore Gardens was created by Colonel Sir James Horlick with the assistance of Gardener Kitty Lloyd Jones in 1944. Achamore Gardens is the home of Horlick’s renowned Rhododendron and Camellia Collection. Flourishing in Gigha's warm microclimate, the 54-acre Gardens hosts many notable and unusual plants and trees from around the world. The Garden Viewpoint has stunning views over to the Islands of Islay and Jura, while the pond area offers a secluded oasis.

Enjoy woodland walks with Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, New Zealand tree ferns, Hydrangeas and Fuchsias that complement the walled gardens with their tender exotics, herbaceous borders and Bamboo Maze for all to enjoy.

The Achamore Gardens are run by the Achamore Gardens Trust which was established in 2017. The Trust exists to lead the restoration of Achamore Gardens and their mandate from the Gardens’ community is to not only invite people to celebrate the wild beauty of Achamore but also to facilitate participation, engagement and regeneration.

As you explore Achamore Gardens, you will discover the amazing work that the team is doing to restore this special place, uncovering plants that haven’t been seen in years, discovering lost paths, and finding entire garden compartments hidden in the undergrowth.

Opening times

1st January - 31st December Dawn to dusk every day

Useful details

Garden area

54 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Bike racks are available.

Wheelchair access

Mostly inaccessible (some paths moderately flat and paved).



Argyll and Bute, PA41 7AD

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Achamore Gardens
Argyll and Bute
PA41 7AD
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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 87 Google reviews

Miggy Flux

in the last week


Amazing gardens, they had no frost in the winter due to the Gulf Stream so the flowers were more advanced than in my garden in the south of England! Very informal and relaxed.

Carl Fletcher

a week ago


Beautiful. Just a perfect measure of tidy and natural. Some unusual finds here. Well worth a visit.

Ross Gillies

a month ago


The Gardens are much improved from last year, obviously a lot of hard work has gone in to improve them. The card reader for entry fee is a great addition. Remember to look out for the Furbochs when on gigha as well.

Ian H

a week ago


Fantastic mature gardens on Gigha, definitely plan a visit! Make sure you walk up to the viewpoint from the walled garden.

Bernadette Ranger

8 months ago


Beautiful. Rare plants and a lovely day out. Nice for kids with the bamboo maze and dinosoreum.

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01583 505390

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