Argyll is a gardeners’ paradise and here are just a few of the very many gardens that I have enjoyed:
- Angus Garden. Taynuilt, PA35 1HY. 01866 822333
From Taynuilt village take the Glen Lonan road turning by Taynuilt Hotel – approx 2 miles on right
- Achnacloich Connel
About 4 miles out of Taynuilt towards Oban, turn right after the railway bridge, 1.5 miles before Connel
- Ardchatten Priory Bonawe, PA37 1RQ. 01796 481355
Cross Connel Bridge on the A828 heading North. First turning on the right, well signed.
- Ardmaddy Castle Balvicar PA34 4QY. 01852 300353
8 miles south of Oban, turn right B844 sign Easdale, 4 miles on turn left sign Ardmaddy, 1.5 miles.
- Arduane Kilmelford, PA34 4XQ. 01852 200366
4 miles south of Kilmelford, just off the A816, midway abetween Oban and Lochgilphead.
Achnalarig Riding Stables (Oban)
Ride out into the hills at the back of Oban. This friendly riding school accommodates all ages and abilities. Lessons available; Advanced booking required.
Call: 01499 302611
A gentle ride along the shores of loch Fyne and the surrounding hills to view the most beautiful part of Scotland from horseback. Scenic treks are always at the pace of the weakest rider which may be the walk. There is a number of treks each day. For the more experienced try a 2hr fast ride for accomplished riders who are comfortable at the gallop on uneven ground. There are also riding lessons for all levels. Advanced booking required.
Taynuilt Golf Course – 9 hole – 01866 822429
Taynuilt Golf Club is a challenging 9-hole parkland course which was founded in 1987. The Course is surrounded by majestic scenery located close to the base of Ben Cruachan and with stunning views up Loch Etive and tougher than first appearances would suggest.
www.dalmallygolfclub.co.uk – 9 hole – 01838 200 619
At Dalmally every hole is different, and with the introduction of two tees at six of the nine holes, a new dimension has been added which places more of a premium on shot making and shaping. The flat parkland layout meanders through a rich wildlife habitat that has at its centre the River Orchy and a native Scottish woodland, both of which provide a natural defence to catch over ambitious lower handicappers.
Flora and fauna abound on the course and in the spring and early summer it’s a splash of colour with the pale-blue iridescence of the harebells and the violent patches of yellow of the whins. There are mature trees throughout the course and in particular there are two fine specimens of the native Scots Pine of the ancient Caledonian Forest which are protected by Tree Preservation Orders. A considerable amount of new planting has been undertaken and the benefits are yet to come.
Rusty Cycle Shed
The Rusty Cycle Shed holds the largest stock of hire bikes in Argyll; now mostly recent model Giants and GT aluminium front suspension mountain bikes. Also a selection of full suspension mountain bikes, hybrids, touring bikes, tandems, men’s and women’s frames and a range of accessories, helmets, pumps, repair kits, car racks, bike racks, panniers, children’s trailers, tag-alongs, bob yak style cargo trailer etc. For special requirements book in advance and arrange for what you need
Call: 01631 566033
Possibly the perfect day ride. The Isle of Kerrera is a brilliant ride for beginner and experienced rider alike and is best done on a mountain bike. The ride starts with a ferry crossing and a challenging climb but once at the top the views to the Isle of Mull more than make up for it.