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Kilchoan Estate

Located on the north shore of Loch Melfort, this steep site is being transformed from old and lost gardens, pasture and woodland into a mix of informal and formal grounds. These grounds and garden at Kilchoan are in a state of intense change with St. Comghan’s Chapel at the heart of the estate.

The 30 acres feature a Himalayan collection, Walled garden, Arboretum and Chilean collection, manicured gardens surrounding the properties and native policy woodlands and meadows. Follies, shelters and sculptures are being laid out across the site as the gardens develop.

During spring cherry blossom can be seen across the estate and the bulb display is magnificent in full bloom; 200,000 bulbs have been planted in the last 3 years and more will go in the ground each year. During may the carpets of native bluebell cover the ground as the trees come into leaf. During Late May and early June thousands of alliums bloom bringing swathes of purple and white to the gardens. July and August are the best time to see fruit and vegetables being grown using organic no-dig methods in the walled garden. During late summer our collection of Hedychium start to bloom giving a vibrant tropical display to end the growing season.

Throughout the garden are specimen trees housed as part of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s International Conifer Conservation Programme; monkey puzzles, Fitzroya and Prumnopitys, amongst others, represent Chile; Picea from the Himalaya and Korean pines are found on the cliff path while Sorbus endemic to the Isle of Arran are growing in the Arboretum. We care for them, ensuring that genetic material is available should it be needed for restoration projects in their native range.

Getting there:

Please arrange your visit before travelling to the estate. Directions:- turn off the A816 at Kilmelford and travel for 4.5miles along the Degnish road. Park at the yellow guest house or Chapel where you will be met by a member of the Kilchoan Team.

Facilities available:
There are no official public facilities on site.

Contact Information
Opening Dates:
1st January - 1st January
Opening Times:
Open by appointment and on limited charity days only.

Contact: The Factor
Address: Kilchoan Estate, Kilmelford, Argyll PA34 4XD
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