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Ardchattan Priory Gardens

The site of a Valliscaulian monastic community founded in 1230 by Duncan MacDougal, Lord of Argyll, on the shores of Loch Etive.

Connel, Argyll, PA37 1RQ

Ardchattan Priory Gardens

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Free for members
Facilities
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Garden only
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Pet friendly
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Hearing loops
  • Accessible toilets

The paths are suitable for wheelchairs, although they can become soft in very wet weather.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

A garden has existed at Ardchattan for over 700 years, since Valliscaulian monks, from a little know order in Burgundy, first settled here, on the north shore of Loch Etive.

Facing south, with spectacular views over Loch Etive, one can look east to Ben Cruachan and west to the hills of Mull, the monks chose their site well.

The garden has a natural tranquility, today, the garden you see has been largely developed over the last 110 years by my father and grandmother, both keen gardeners; there are herbaceous borders, roses, a rockery, ornamental trees and a wild flower garden, to mention just some of the highlights.

The monastic origins can be traced in the ruins of the monk’s chapel, accessed from the garden. These ruins, in the care of Historic Environment Scotland, are also open to visitors, however the main house and the various cottages around the garden are private family homes.

Opening Times

2022

Wednesdays from 1 April to the 31 October, 9.30am to 5pm.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times

Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free and no booking is required. The gardens operate with an honesty box, so Historic Houses members should put a slip of paper showing their membership numbers into the box.

The price is £5.00 per person, payable by cash at an honesty box on entry. Children up to 16 are free.

We do not have a booking system.

Group payments may be made in advance, enquiries by email (admin@ardchattan.co.uk).

If you wish to pay online please contact the admin email.

More admission details

Group Visits

Group payments may be made in advance.

Booking required via Jocelyn Miller: admin@ardchattan.co.uk

Educational Visits

Schools are welcome to visit the gardens.

Wednesday only unless by prior arrangements with Jocelyn Miller: admin@ardchattan.co.uk

Accessibility
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Hearing loops
  • Accessible toilets

The paths are suitable for wheelchairs, although they can become soft in very wet weather.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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