GARDENS OPEN 1st MAY 2021– The gardens are open as of the 1st May. There will be hand sanitisers available at the entrance, however we are unable to facilitate opening the public toilets at the moment. We will continue to take guidance from the government and will make adjustments as required at the time. This website will be updated as necessary.
A Brief Overview –
A garden has existed at Ardchattan for over 700 years, since Valliscaulian monks, from a little know order in Burgundy, first settled here, on the north shore of Loch Etive. Facing south, with spectacular views over Loch Etive, one can look east to Ben Cruachan and west to the hills of Mull, the monks chose their site well.
The garden has a natural tranquillity, today, the garden you see has been largely developed over the last 110 years by my father and grandmother, both keen gardeners; there are herbaceous borders, roses, a rockery, ornamental trees and a wild flower garden, to mention just some of the highlights.
The monastic origins can be traced in the ruins of the monk’s chapel, accessed from the garden. These ruins, in the care of Historic Scotland, are also open to visitors, however the main house and the various cottages around the garden are private family homes.
I do hope you will enjoy the garden once we are back open again and thank you for visiting our website.