If you planning a visit to Bute in the Spring or Summer then allow some time to visit Ardencraig Gardens at High Craigmore. The gardens were originally part of the estate of Ardencraig House but in 1970 they were acquired by Rothesay Town Council (and latterly by Argyll & Bute Council). Ardencraig is essentially a large walled garden with glasshouses and is used to cultivate flowering plants for the numerous beds and baskets in Rothesay it’s environs. There are large and very colourful displays of the favourite bedding plants such as begonias, fuchsias and chrysanthemum. To create added interest aviaries were added containing exotic bird species. The glasshouse house a fine display of cactus and the nursery beds for propagation.
You could while away pleasant hour or two here and then take the 10 minute walk down the hill to Craigmore Pier for a cup of tea and a scone.
The Gardens are open from 1st May – 30th September, 9am – 4.00pm Monday to Friday & 1pm – 4.30pm. Saturday & Sunday
To get there follow the road east from Rothesay to Mount Stuart Road, take the first right after the Craigmore Pier Cafe into Albany Road then up the hill in Eastlands Road. The gardens are signposted on the left halfway up Eastlands Road.
There is wheelchair access in part/with assistance.
Plants for sale.
Dogs are acceptable on leads.
The video below courtesy of MackayVideo is worth a look…