Ardchattan Priory Garden
A garden has existed at Ardchattan since the thirteenth century, when the Priory was founded by the monks of the Valliscaulian order. Today's layout mainly has developed since the Victorian era, although a few names and features remind one of its monastic origins. Behind the Priory (now a private house) lie the ruins of the chapel, in the care of Historic Scotland. It is open with the garden.
On entering the garden, shrub walks lead off the main drive. The neutral soil and temperate climate allow a wide variety of plants to thrive: a huge Cornus kousa, Eucryphia glutinosa, Hoheria lyalii mingle with scented roses and philadelphus. A wild flower meadow planted under a variety of sorbus trees is a more recent addition. Extensive lawns are bordered by herbaceous beds, roses and a rockery. Magnificent views extend over Loch Etive to Mull and Ben Cruachan.
“Tranquil monastic setting overlooking Loch Etive.”