Arduaine Garden The Arduaine Garden is a coastal garden located on the south slope of the Arduaine Peninsula on the west coast of Scotland. Covering 20 acres, it was founded in 1898 and enjoys the warming effect of theNorth Atlantic Drift. As a result, it is home to a wide variety of flora, including rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, Blue Tibetan poppies, giant Himalayan lilies, palms and tree ferns. Visitors may also spot wildlife such as kestrels, seals, badgers and porpoises.
Two waymarked paths lead visitors around the garden. The shorter, green path leads past several smaller pounds before heading to the larger Heron Pond. The longer, blue path follows the length of the garden before emerging to the Owls’ Walk, which leads to a great viewpoint. It then continues around the top of the garden and back down to the Inside Garden. A stroll around both paths will take around an hour.
The Arduaine Garden is located 20 miles south of Oban and 19 miles north of Lochgilphead. The nearest train station is the one at Oban and infrequent bus service by West Coast Motors passes by the entrance. The garden is open daily all year around from 9:30 a.m. to sunset and the reception center is open from March 23 to September 30, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is 6.50 pounds for adults. Some parts are wheelchair accessible, but may require due care and a reasonably strong companion.