Garden & Walks
There are few better places for a walking holiday in the UK than Loch Awe - and Ardanaiseig gives you an enviable base-camp. Our private 240-acre grounds are home to a number of stunning loch-side trails and beautiful wooded gardens. See if you can spot the local ospreys, buzzards and roe deer on a wildlife tour. Or follow an expert guide around the breathtaking Gardens of Argyll.
Many of our guests spend several days exploring the stunning lochside grounds at Ardanaiseig – with its dense woodland, flamboyant rhododendrons and secret walled garden.
Nearby, along the east shore of Loch Awe, Eredine wood offers a choice of magical woodland and lochside trails for walkers, cyclists and horse-riders. But if thats not quite enough, simply take your pick of twenty official ‘Glorious Gardens of Argyll’.
Varying in size, style and maturity, the gardens, which date from the 13th to 20th century, can be found across mainland Argyll and on the islands of Bute, Colonsay, Gigha, Jura, Mull and Seil. The gardens each offer something slightly different, from breathtaking rhododendrons and fragrant magnolias to some of the tallest trees in Britain. See www.gardens-of-argyll.co.uk for details.
Ardanaiseig works with Lord Andrew Gray of Tailored Tours to offer luxury chauffeured guided tours of your choice of glorious gardens.
You don’t need to go far to find amazing wildlife at Ardanaiseig. The grounds around the hotel are often visited by an array of creatures, from red squirrels and roe deer to osprey and buzzards.
If you don’t want to go it alone, a number of local businesses, such as Seafari Adventures, offer wildlife-spotting tours and expeditions, which we can arrange as part of your stay. If you have children to entertain you might also enjoy the Rare Breeds Farm Park, east of Oban or the Sea Life Centre and Marine Aquarium at Benderloch, Loch Creran.
"My Daughter said this must be the most beautiful place on Earth and I heartily agree with her. Peace, tranquillity, wonderful interesting walks in magnificent grounds and the food an indulgence no one should miss out on."
Mr & Mrs L Bislington