A Mansion Houses & Gardens in Morvern
The original planting of the site in the late nineteenth century was intended to be enjoyed by approach from the sea, with the towers of Ardtornish House springing from a semi-circle of trees, mainly evergreen. There is much to see throughout the year, but the main interest begins in March with expanses of daffodils and early flowering rhododendrons. This accelerates into April, May and June when species rhododendrons, followed by hybrids and deciduous azaleas, come into flower. Extremes of colour are kept for autumn when acer, cercidiphyllum, enkianthus and prunus blaze away alongside the berries of sorbus, cotoneaster and berberis. Open: 1st March - 30th November, 8am to 8pm. Getting there: From A82 via Corran Ferry to A861, turning left before Strontian onto A884, signposted Lochaline. Entrance to estate two miles before Lochaline village. Entrance to garden from Estate Yard. Facilities available: Partial wheelchair access, Toilets, Dogs on leads
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Morvern is a large peninsula that juts out westwards from the Fort William and Lochaber area towards Mull. At first glance it appears to be part of the Western Isles and its western seaboard is in fact easiest reached by taking the Oban Ferry to Mull and then the Fishnish to Lochaline ferry back on to the mainland (which can be done without a car). The alternative is to take the Corran Ferry southwest of Fort William and drive the B roads South and further West. It is a sparcely populated area reknown for its variety of birdlife, flora and wildlife, great fishing and spectacular hill walking.