NR6447 : Achamore House, Gigha

taken 5 months ago, near to Ardminish, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Achamore House, Gigha
Achamore House, Gigha
A Scottish baronial-style mansion built in 1884 LinkExternal link.
Achamore Gardens
Achamore has 50 acres of woodland, lawn, and flower borders and is notable for azaleas and rhododendrons. The woods were planted as shelter by William Scarlett (Lord Abinger) before 1900. Sir James Horlick bought the estate in 1944 and started a notable collection of rhododendrons. He left some of these to the National Trust for Scotland when he died. In 2002 there was a community buyout of Gigha, and the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust is restoring the gardens.
The Island of Gigha :: NR6448
A small island off the west coast of Kintyre, reached by an hourly 20-min ferry ride from Tayinloan. Gigha was bought by the Scarlett family in the 19th century, who built Achamore House; it was then bought by Colonel Sir James Horlick [of ‘Horlicks’ drink fame], a Rhododendron breeder, who filled the gardens of Achamore with rhododendrons and rare and unusual plants from around the world. They also host at least seven British or Irish ‘Champion trees’. In 2002 the islanders of Gigha bought the island in a community buy-out and, amongst other things, began a restoration project of the gardens.
The island is 10km long [N-S] x 3km [W-E], a mix of farmland and low rocky outcrops. There is magnificent coastal scenery and views westward to Jura and Islay.
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NR6447, 61 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 31 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 16 June, 2017
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings  Islands  Country estates 
Place (from Tags)
Isle of Gigha 
Primary Subject of Photo
House 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NR 6426 4784 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:40.0002N 5:45.0041W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NR 6424 4781
View Direction
North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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