The Garden Guide

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden

The house was designed in 1907 by Robert Lorimer, in a Scottish Arts and Crafts Style, using a warm local stone and Caithness slate. The rhododendron garden was made by Sir John Noble after 1920.

Head Gardener's Comment

Ardkinglas Woodland Garden covers 25 acres of hillside, amongst one of Scotland's most beautiful landscapes, around the head of Loch Fyne. Visitors can follow a network of informal paths which rise from the tumbling waterfalls of the River Kinglas through richly varied areas of garden and woodland to the hillside above where there are spectacular views of Loch Fyne.

Photograph © Ardkinglas Estate
Photograph © Ardkinglas Estate


The Callander family established the mature conifer collection in around 1875. The Noble family acquired the garden in 1905, and Sir John Noble began the Rhododendron collection in the 1920's. Lord and Lady Glenkinglas continued to garden at Ardkinglas until the mid 1980s.

Plants of note

An exceptional collection of Rhododendrons, some of the largest conifers in Britain and many other interesting trees and shrubs.

Ardkinglas Estate, Cairndow, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, PA26 8BH

Woodland Garden dawn to dusk every day Guided House Tours including access to the house garden Every Friday April - October. Booking essential

Woodland Garden Adult £4.50, OAP £3.50 Children Under 16 Free. Guided tours available by appointment. Guided House tours £7.00 per person, school children £3.00, younger ones free.

Visit the Ardkinglas Woodland Garden website

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