Castles, Gardens & Museums
Inveraray Castle | www.inveraray-castle.com
Inveraray Castle sits grandly in the town with and has many historical rooms open to the public, landscaped gardens or woodland to explore and a traditional tearoom and shop.
Open 1st April - 31st October. Mon- Sun, 10am- 5pm
Adults £10 | Concessions £8.50 | Children £6.50 | Under 5’s free
Old Castle Lachlan | www.oldcastlelachlan.com
Old Castle Lachlanis situated south of Strachur sits the romantic 15th century ruin of Old Castle Lachlan, reached by an unspoilt coastal walk. Rugged, inspiring, peaceful, historical; the perfect place to marvel the beauty of this perfect corner of Scotland and take home a little of that tranquillity
Ardkinglas House | www.ardkinglas.com
The present house at Ardkinglas was completed in the autumn of 1907 and is generally considered to be the architect Sir Robert Lorimer's masterpiece. It was built at a time when traditional materials were skillfully and creatively mastered by expert craftsmen but where a wealth of new technology could be incorporated into the design.
Open Every Friday from April to October. 2pm tour, must be prebooked.
Adults £6.15 | Children £3 | Under 5’s free
Mount Stuart Castle, Bute | www.mountstuart.com
Mount Stuart is Britain's most astounding Victorian gothic mansion. Home to the Stuarts of Bute, descendants of the Royal House of Stuart, this magnificent house sits proudly on the Isle of Bute - ancient stronghold of Scottish kings.
Open Every Day, March to October. Last tour 4PM
Adults £11.00 | Concessions £9.00 | Children £6.00
Benmore Botanic Gardens | www.rbge.org.uk
Benmore Botanic Garden is perched on the hillside outside Dunoon, offering 150 acres of enchanting woodland, exotic plants and rare specimens to marvel, all steeped in history. The cafe and shop are open all year and provide a warm haven for those wilder days.
Open daily 1 March to 31 October from 10am to 5pm/6pm
Adults £5.50 | Concessions £4.40 | Children £1 | Families £11
Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens | www.ardkinglas.com
Ardkinglas Woodland Gardens are open all the year round with an outstanding collection of plants and trees, including the tallest tree in Britain! There are several lovely walks throughout the Gardens and the wider estate. The Woodland Garden is open dawn to dusk every day.
Open all year from dawn until dusk
Adults £4.50 | Concessions £3.50 | Children under 16 years free
Crarae Gardens | www.nts.org.uk
Immerse yourself in Britain's finest example of an exotic Himalayan-style woodland garden. It is a magical spot at any time of year, with the earlier flowers of countless rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias being replaced later in the season by the rich tints of foliage and fruit.
Open all year from dawn until dusk
Adults £6.00| Concessions £5.00 | Family £15.50
Strachur House and Flower Gardens | www.scotlandsgardens.org
The flower garden behind Strachur House is entered by a small wooden gate to the left hand side when facing the house. It comprises four large lawns planted with two hundred year old Irish yew and bordered by six herbaceous beds. The central avenue is of pollarded limes, with narrow beds of (1) mostly Alpine treasures and (2) old fashioned roses, with nepata "Six Hill Giant" edging. Two transverse paths cross it and are planted with (1) yellow English roses and aquilegias and (2) agapanthus and Japanese anemones.These walks meet in a central, sunken, walled square called "The Bear Pit", which has a slate table and bench which Sir Fitzroy Maclean used for writing. Its central bed has a border of alpine strawberries: tulips and forget-me-nots in spring and floribunda roses in summer. The scarlet dahlia "bishop of Llandaff", salvia patens "Cambridge Blue" dwarf lilac, choisia ternata, Russian sage, hydrangea petriolaris and cistus grow on either side of its wall.
Enclosing the central lawns are four borders on the right and two on the left with paths alongside. One of these has been planted with only white flowers. Two autumn transvers borders with a background of purple prunus and eucryphias and shrub species roses end the flower garden and divide it from the small kitchen and "cutting" garden which lies beyond. From the terrace immediately behind the house a right hand path leads to a large bed planted meconopsis, hostas, day lilies and tree peonies which is a wonderful sight in early June.
This continues along the "Burn Walk" which has been developed over the last forty years by Lady Veronica Maclean, with the help of her late husband, Sir Fitzroy, in an area originally dwarfed by large trees, into a delightful peaceful walk with plantings of rhododendrons on either side of the narrow burn, dwarf azaleas, primulas and masses of spring bulbs. These are framed by many woodland shrubs, eucryphias, viburnum tinus, royal fern and mature Japanese maples. This walk ends in a small rock garden (best in spring) and the path leading back to the main garden, or, alternatively, through the gate into Strachur Park.
Included in this fine collection of Rhododendrons are:
- Series Barbatum Hybrids
- Dwarf Glendolk Hybrids
- R. Impedifum
- R. Obiculare Other interesting plants include
- Embothryum Coccineum (Chilean Flame Flower)
- Abies Homolepsis
- Tsuga Canadensis
- Acer Saccarinum (Silver Maple)
- Actinidia Kolomikta
Admission by arrangement | Adults £3.50
Castle House Museum | www.castlehousemuseum.org.uk
Castle House sits majestically above Dunoon Pier, with spectacular views over the water. The museum offers an insight into the history and traditions of Cowal, and the gardens make a super spot for a family picnic.
Open Easter - October Mon - Sat 10.30am – 4.30pm Sun 2.00pm – 4.30pm
Adults £2.00 | Concessions £1.50 | Children Free of Charge
Inveraray Jail | www.inverarayjail.co.uk
Old Castle Lachlanis the heart of Inveraray experience life in a 19th century prison through an in depth exhibition, working cells, airing yards, judges, real-life guards, exhibition and souvenir shop.
Open all year. Nov – Mar 10am-5pm. Apr – Oct 9.30am-5pm.
Adult £8.95 | Concession £7.50 | hild £4.95 | Under 5’s free
Inveraray Maritime Experience | www.inveraraypier.com
Inveraray Maritime Experience is an informative exhibition and coffee shop, encapsulated aboard the Arctic Penguin, one of the last iron sailing ships and the puffer the Vital Spark.
Open Apr – Oct. 7 days a week. 10am – 5pm
Adults £5 | Children £2.50 | Seniors £3 | Family £14
Kilmartin House Museum | www.kilmartin.org
Kilmartin House Museum is an award winning world-class centre for archaeology and landscape interpretation established to protect, investigate and interpret this internationally important archaeological landscape and the artefacts that have been found here.
Open March – Oct. 7 days a week. 10am – 5.30pm
Adults £5 | Children £2 | Concessions £4 | Family £12/ £8
Auchindrain Open Air Museum | www.auchindrainmuseum.org.uk
Auchindrain is an original highland township of great antiquity, typical of the many which once existed throughout the highlands of Scotland, but which are now long gone.
Open Apr – Sep. 7 days a week. 10am – 5pm
Adults £6.50 | Children £4.00 | Concessions £5.50 | Seniors £3.50 | Family £12