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Achamore Gardens

I, Scotland
+44 1583 505390
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Not worth it

Followed the mapped route round the gardens and was very disappointed in them. Wish we had just... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
Kaybel72
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Girvan, United Kingdom
What a sad waste of a lovely area

Don't bother going here, it's like something from a zombie movie I'm afraid, we couldn't believe... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2017
golfmad1974
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Ayrshire
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A 4* visitor attraction located on the Isle of Gigha, Argyll. Only 3 hours drive from Glasgow city centre or 1 1/2 from Oban. A ferry departs on the hour from Tayinloan [no 1 o'clock sailing], and is a 20 minute ferry crossing. The community owned Achamore Gardens comprise 54 acres of woodland and walled gardens, glasshouses, a bamboo maze and is home to the Horlick Rhododendron Collection. Many rare and unusual plants usually found in far more temperate climates thrive in Gigha's almost frost-free micro-climate, and several champion trees grow throughout the gardens. Entrance fee charged, free parking. Accommodation available nearby should you want to explore this beautiful island and experience it's warm welcome for yourself.Refreshments available at the community owned Gigha Hotel, the Boathouse Bistro or from Ardminish Stores in the village.
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  • Average13%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
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“walled garden” (32 reviews)
“full bloom” (5 reviews)
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"walled garden"
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"full bloom"
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"worth a visit"
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"for sale"
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"national trust"
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"viewing point"
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"post office"
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"walk around"
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"islay and jura"
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"well worth the effort"
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Reviewed 13 November 2017

Followed the mapped route round the gardens and was very disappointed in them. Wish we had just skipped this and went straight to the beaches.More

Thank Kaybel72
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Kathryn H, Business Development and Marketing Officer at Achamore Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Hi Kaybel72, thank you for taking the time to review Achamore Gardens. We are aware that nature has been competing with us humans and mostly winning. The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust, owner of the gardens, has also formed its own Achamore Gardens Trust which...More

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

Don't bother going here, it's like something from a zombie movie I'm afraid, we couldn't believe how bad it was. Such a shame really. Overgrown, weed infested and totally run downMore

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Kathryn H, Busiess Development and Marketing Officer at Achamore Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Hi Golfmad1974, thank you for taking the time to review Achamore Gardens. We are aware that nature has been competing with us humans and mostly winning. The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust, owner of the gardens, has also formed its own Achamore Gardens Trust which...More

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Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

These gardens are in need of some tlc... they have been left unattended and you can see they have been neglected it’s such a shame there were probably beautiful at some pointMore

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Kathryn H, Business Development and Marketing Officer at Achamore Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Hi Evelyn B, thank you for taking the time to review Achamore Gardens. We are aware that nature has been competing with us humans and mostly winning. The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust, owner of the gardens, has also formed its own Achamore Gardens Trust...More

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Reviewed 20 October 2017

We were told about these lovely gardens by the guy in the Post Office so decided to go and while away half an hour and a quick walk round. No chance in a million years. Once you go in through the jungle looking entrance you...More

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Kathryn H, Business Development and Marketing Officer at Achamore Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 16 November 2017

Hi Travel_Teddybears, thank you for taking the time to review Achamore Gardens. I am glad you enjoyed your visit to Achamore gardens. We are aware that nature has been competing with us humans and mostly winning, however, the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust, owner of...More

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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

What a fantastic romantic dream these gardens are. The vision of Colonel Horlick from the malt drink dynasty. Now looking for more labour to bring them back to life. Visit and Visit again. It wI'll happen and current state of frayed abandon will be a...More

Thank martinjG1516PH
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Reviewed 18 September 2017

The gardens are beautiful, with lots of tropical looking plants and nice features such as a pagoda, lily pond and carved animals. Would be much better with a bit of maintenance and TLC to deal with some of the muddy and overgrown areas.

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Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

These beautiful gardens continue to be the jewel in Gigha's crown. The variety of plants and trees, the peace, and the view from the viewpoint, are stunning. The red-hot pokers are very striking in September.

Thank WARDROBER
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

The gardens were recommended..so despite weather we thought why not. Decision regretted..plave was like a swamp. Muddy paths ..very untidy uncared for plants..one exceptionly dirty jack russell. The area just was lost and unloved. Shame as it could be made lovely. Not worth the price...More

Thank Laine H
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

These gardens need a large dollop of TLC so leave a good donation in the box when leaving to help the locals revive these lost gardens. You can see the layout of a grand garden and certain bits are coming back to their former glory....More

Thank ATChalmers
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

While on the Island it's a must to go to these gardens and see what was once a wonderful place. Must be very hard for the gardeners to keep this place maintained but they do a grand job. Peacocks still to be seen up in...More

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