Colonsay House Garden
Located centrally in the magnificent island of Colonsay, this 30 acre informal woodland garden is famous for the outstanding collection of species and hybrid rhododendrons and for unusual trees and shrubs sourced from all over the world from the 1930's. These include crinodendrons, eucalypts and the dramatic flame red embothrium. Giant magnolias and gunnera flank the pond and numerous cordylines intersperse with the brilliant orange bark of myrtles to give a subtropical feel. In spring, paths are lined with Himalayan primulas, bluebells and other wild flowers.
The walled gardens with their rolling lawns have a more formal feel. A wonderful Dicksonia antartica stands among lomatia, crinodendrons and camellias. Abutilons, olearias and, later in the year, eucryphias, flower profusely alongside enormous Monterey cypresses.
A focal point is the Lighthouse Garden, featuring the Fresnel lens from Islay. Teas and home baking are available.
The cafe serves lunches and teas with home baking.
A wide variety of self-catering accommodation is available - or stay at The Colonsay,award-winning bar, restaurant and hotel.