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GIGHA - Achamore Gardens

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.

Examples include: Echium pininana, Hoheria ribifolia, Pittosporum garnetti, Eucryphia glutinosa, and Wollemia nobilis, the Wollemi Pine. The Gardens are also home to several champion trees including: Nothofagus moorei, Abies kawakamii and Metrosideros umbellatus.

The woodland walks with Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias, New Zealand tree ferns, Hydrangeas and Fuchsias complement the walled gardens with its tender exotics, herbaceous borders and a Bamboo Maze for all to enjoy. The Garden Viewpoint has stunning views over to the islands of Islay and Jura while the pond is a haven for wildlife. Please note the steps to the viewpoint are steep and it is not recommended for individuals who are not nimble on their feet.

Many of you who have visited Achamore Gardens recently will have noticed that nature has been competing with us humans and mostly winning. The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust, owner of the gardens, has employed 5 part-time gardeners to help bring things back into order. The gardens team are aware they are still fire-fighting at the moment, and their main focus for this season is the Walled Garden and entrance areas. We are actively seeking funding to not just restore Achamore Gardens, but to take it forward for future generations.
Contact Information
E: gigha@atlas.co.uk
W: www.gigha.org.uk/viewItem.php?id=8845&sectionTitle=Attractions
A: Achamore House, Isle of Gigha, Argyll, PA41 7AD
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