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Arduaine Garden

Bold colours and fragrant scents bring an exotic touch to this Argyll coastal garden

Planning your visit

We want you to enjoy your visit to the garden – your safety is our priority. This means we’ve had to make some changes so that we can keep everyone safe. Please read our Guide on what to expect before you set off.

This property is part of the ‘We’re Good to Go’ scheme, which means we have carried out an official COVID-19 risk assessment to check we have everything in place to reopen safely.

There are no café facilities at Arduaine. However, the Loch Melfort Hotel Bistro is located at the entrance to the garden.

Please see our drop-down Facilities below for helpful information about planning your visit.

For more information about planning your visit, please see our frequently asked questions.

If you’d like to speak to us, we can be contacted by email on or telephone 01852 200366.

Facilities & access

  • A large part of the garden is accessible to less mobile visitors.
  • A wheelchair is available.

We have an ongoing programme of accessible content development. Detailed accessibility guides for the most visited Trust places are available on our Accessibility pages as well as links to useful resources.

We’d love you to visit the Euan’s Guide website to review the accessibility of Trust places and tell us (and others) what’s good and where we need to do better.

There’s a disabled parking space adjacent to the entrance to the garden.

There’s a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

We have baby changing facilities on site.

Arduaine Garden is family friendly, with the lower area of the garden offering walks for families with prams/pushchairs.

We have a children’s guide – popular with our younger visitors but it’s not unknown for adults to request one too!

Coach parking

Dogs are more than welcome at Arduaine, but we ask that they’re kept on a short lead at all times.

Guided tours are available but must be booked in advance – please call the garden for more information.

Parking is free.

Self-guided trail

Toilets are located in the lower level of the garden.

You can take a gentle stroll around the lower level of the garden or head out through the woodland garden to the coastal viewpoint, which offers spectacular views over the islands. These walks range in length between 15 minutes to around 1 hour, depending on how much of the garden you want to see. If you wish to see the whole garden, we recommend allowing 2½ hours for your visit.

Arduaine will surprise and delight all year round. 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.


Opening times


1 Jan–31 Jan, closed 1 Feb–30 Sep, daily, 09.30–16.00 (last entry 15.30) Current period1 Oct–31 Mar 2022, closed
Visitor Centre

When closed, admission is available from Loch Melfort Hotel.

Current period1 Jan–31 Dec, closed

Entry prices

Garden (honesty box)
One adult family

Members go free

At all Trust places, admission is free for members.

Join from £50

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