Admire the spectacular array of colourful plants including rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, giant Himalayan lilies and forget-me-nots.
Discover the secret path to the coastal viewpoint.
Soak up the breathtaking views over the Sound of Jura.
Hunt down the swamp-loving carnivorous plants!
Arduaine Garden is full of colour and fragrance, evoking glamorous destinations. This is no happy coincidence – the garden was begun in 1898 at a time when curiosity about foreign travel and an appetite for the exotic were all the rage.
Arduaine lies on a rocky promontory at the head of the Sound of Jura and enjoys the warming benefits of the North Atlantic Drift, allowing for a wider range of plants than is usual in this part of the world.
The garden nurtures plants from across the globe – from East Asia to South America. Red hot pokers, sensuous camellias, tree ferns and water lilies create a palette of vibrant colour, whatever the season.
Arduaine will surprise and delight garden visitors all year round. It is an oasis of soft hues, fresh textures and striking foliage – the place to come for a deep breath of calm.
The rhododendrons attract enthusiasts from far and wide, and the azaleas, magnolias and many other shrubs and trees fill the garden with scent and colour.
In autumn, the larch canopy sheltering the woodland garden turns a beautiful soft yellow, the azalea foliage is flaming and the perennials are dazzling.
Many of the structural plants here are evergreen, so on calm winter days the garden can be a relatively warm and sheltered place.
Arduaine is also a haven for wildlife, so look out for kestrels, badgers, seals and porpoises out to sea. Younger visitors will enjoy the Highland cattle, hens and ducks in the neighbouring hotel grounds, as well as the play park and walk to the sandy beach. There is a children’s guide available for the garden.
The garden is suitable for picnics.
The adjacent Loch Melfort Hotel offers a wide range of meals and snacks.
There is a reception centre with a small shop (open seasonally). Seeds from the garden are available for sale.
Well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome.
There is a free car park.
A guided tour lasts around 1.25 hours. There is no maximum size for groups. Please book in advance.
Coach parking is available 300 yards from the garden – please do not drop visitors off in front of the Loch Melfort Hotel.
For further information and prices, please telephone the garden on 01852 200366.
There is a disabled parking space adjacent to the entrance to the garden.
A large part of the garden is accessible to the less mobile.
There is a wheelchair-accessible toilet.
A wheelchair is available.
Brief information sheets are available in Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Arduaine Garden is 20 miles south of Oban and 19 miles north of Lochgilphead on the A816.