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Gardens of Scotland - Attadale

Gardens of Scotland - Attadale
Gardens of Scotland - Attadale
Gardens of Scotland - Attadale
Gardens of Scotland - Attadale
Gardens of Scotland - Attadale
Gardens of Scotland - Attadale

Attadale Garden, near Strathcarron in Wester Ross, is not somewhere that you can just call into spontaneously – you really have to want to go there. It’s pretty remote, and lies nestled amongst the mountains of the north west coast with views to the Isle of Skye. It’s essentially a woodland garden, but there are several different gardens within it; you wouldn’t really call them ‘rooms’, but they do link nicely together. The initial walk from the car park to the main house leads down a long, straight driveway by the edge of a field; this could have been an uninspiring start to a visit, but the owners and their head gardener have created an imaginative linear garden of pools, Japanese-style wooden bridges, sculptures and waterside planting which provides a taste of the pleasures to come. The other gardens all lie around the house itself. There’s a vegetable garden; a geodesic dome containing a collection of tree ferns; a Japanese garden; and a charming sunken garden, which was still full of life and colour when I visited in October. Here and there are other interesting touches, including slate sculptures and a giant sundial. To add to the experience, the owners have thoughtfully left laminated information sheets in key places to explain what you’re looking at – particularly helpful in the Japanese garden. And last but not least, there’s a ‘do-it-yourself’ tearoom. Lovely garden, highly recommended!

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