Ardchattan Priory & Garden

A Gardens in Benderloch and Appin

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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.

Open: 1st April - 31st October, 9am to 5pm

Getting there: Cross Connel Bridge on the A828 heading north. First turning right, well signed.

Facilities available: Wheel chair access, Toilets including disabled, Dogs on leads

Ardchattan Priory & Garden

Nr Oban
PA37 1RQ
T 01796 481355
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Benderloch and Appin

Five miles short of Oban in the village of Connel, you find the impressive canilevered bridge over the entrance to Loch Etive and above the Falls of Lora. This is the road that leads North to Ballachulish, Appin and Fort William, but first it leads to the beautiful area of Benderloch. The first landmark is the North Connel Oban airport, before you find the Ledaig caravan park. It is worth coming here if only for the most idyllic setting from which to watch the sunsets over the Firth of Lorn towards Mull, perfectly framed by Dunstaffnage castle to your left and the Isle of Lismore to your right. After Ledaig, you enter the village of Benderloch with its useful village general store which accesses the Tralee penninsula, (and the Karting track) before the road takes you to the Sea Life Centre and on to Barcaldine and Appin, the gateway to Lismore. Benderloch in many ways has much more to recommend it as an area to visit than Oban town in that you feel more connected to the stunning rugged beauty of the West.