The mild west coast climate and historic connections with some of Scotland's best known Vistorian plant collectors and horticulturalists provided ideal growing conditions for some spectacular gardens. Most are open to the public all year round, some have seasonal opening and others are privately owned and only open for charity as part of Scotland's Gardens Scheme - known as the Yellow Book of Gardens.
From Oban, a short drive south brings you to Arduaine Gardens - run by the National Trust for Scotland - in a superb setting on the west coast. This garden is a plantsman's paradise but due to its scenic location overlooking the Sound of Jura, it is equally fascinating for a novice who doesn't know his rhododendrons from his roses!
Many of Argyll's gardens are at their best in the Spring but whatever time of year you visit their beauty and tranquillity will leave you spellbound.
Why not visit the 'Glorious Gardens of Argyll' website for details of opening times and facilities.