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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.

Today’s opening hours

1 April to 31 October: Every day, 9.30am to 5.30pm.



1 April to 31 October: Every day, 9.30am to 5.30pm.

Find Us
Find us

Ardchattan is situated 10 miles north east of Oban, on the north shore of Loch Etive.

There are about 3 buses a day from Oban and trains to Oban from Glasgow.


Car park on site

  • Free


Historic Houses members visit for free.
Adults: £5.00
Children under 16 go free

More admission details

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

Group payments may be made in advance, please contact us by email on admin@ardchattan.co.uk

Ardchattan Priory Gardens


The car park just inside the front gates is situated at the start of the garden visit, across the drive an information board shows a plan of the garden with sheets for the visitor to use while going round the garden.

Many paths offer various options, we hope you enjoy visiting our gardens.



The Nursery Flat is connected to the oldest part of the priory chapel ruins, and is attached to the main house a former priory. The family have used it as a nursery for the past few generations and you can still see and feel the past. The flat comprises a sitting room, two twin bedded rooms, with blankets for bedding. The sitting room has views of the front garden and loch, with an open fire, couches and a dining table.

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School Visits

Schools are welcome to visit the gardens.