A peaceful and enjoyable walk around the 54 acre gardens on the pretty island of Gigha. The unique microclimate and rich soil on Gigha have encouraged an unusual collection of plants in a beautiful and tranquil setting. Gigha derives its name from God’s Island and it is easy to see why when you walk around these lush gardens.
Colonel Sir James Horlick (co-founder of the malted milk drink) purchased Gigha in 1944 and worked with garden designer Kitty Lloyd Jones to breed rhododendrons and camellias and also introduce rare and unusual plants from around the world. The islanders purchased Gigha in a community buy out in 2002 and in 2017 the Achamore Gardens Trust was established to continue with a restoration project and an ambition to continue to cultivate new and unusual plants and trees seldom seen in the UK.
Don’t expect perfection or immaculately manicured gardens. Some areas are well maintained but others have been allowed to get overgrown and wild. It doesn’t matter – it’s all a delightful walk with plenty of variety to interest and involve you.