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 it’s 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.
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. We are actively seeking funding to not just restore Achamore Gardens, but to take it forward for future generations.
Please be patient with us. We are a community owned island and have many priorities to focus on, such as the provision of affordable housing, farming, heritage and culture. As with all charities resources are limited - we are doing our best. Please support us - and if you must be critical, offer us pragmatic solutions as well. We will listen.
Achamore Gardens, Achamore House, Isle of Gigha, Scotland, PA41 7AD.