Bed and Breakfast
Bed and breakfast accommodation
on an island on the West Coast of Scotland
surounded by gardens
Isle of Gigha
About 3 hours from Glasgow by car and ferry. Helicopter transport from Glasgow is possible to arrange. Twice daily B.A. flights from Glasgow to Kintyre, then ferry.
Achamore House is a grand baronial mansion built in 1884 by Captain James Scarlett, set in the midst of 50 acres of the magnificent Achamore Gardens, which were chiefly created by Colonel Sir James Horlick during his ownership of Gigha from 1944 till 1972.
Gigha lies at the extremity of the Gulf Stream and as such has a climate of a very temperate nature. This allows species of plants and shrubs to prosper here which are very rare on the West Coast of Scotland, especially rhododendrons.
The walled gardens provide a sheltered habitat for not only rare and unusual plants and trees, but also peacocks! Greenhouses provide an ideal environment for propagating new plants and unusual species.
On the 15th March 2002 the Island was purchased in an historic buy-out by the inhabitants of Gigha. The gardens are now entrusted to the people of Gigha and they provide a wonderful backdrop to Achamore House.
Don Dennis, owner of Achamore House, welcomes guests for bed and breakfast accommodation. It is a beautiful and inspiring place not least because Don runs the International Flower Essence Repertoire (IFER for short) from here, using flower essences that act at the same level of our body as acupuncture does: they effect changes in our c'hi or vital subtle energies.
Achamore House has 10 bedrooms in all - here is a selection of 4:
Below left; Colonel Horlick's Room - King size bed, DVD player, bathroom en suite, and bay windows facing east over the gardens. (Can be made a Family Suite by bringing in two single beds).
Below left; Room Eight has two double beds, Art Deco furniture and a north-facing window overlooking the gardens giving a lovely light. There is a bathroom immediately across the hall.
Right; Don and the housekeeper, Mary, cook a delicious breakfast which is served in the Dining Room.
Also, with seating for up to 30 people (comfortably, but a few more at a pinch), it is the ideal space for evening meals, prepared by prior arrangement by local chef Viv Oliver.
Alternatively there are good places to eat and drink nearby which Don can recommend.
Achamore House also hosts seminars and conferences on flower essences through the year.
Extracts from the Visitors' Book:
"Definitely the most comfortable and luxurious night we've had for 3000 miles." WS. & ES, England.
Per person per night based on two people sharing a room, and including breakfast:
Bedrooms with bathrooms en suite: £58
Low Season (October to March):
Bedrooms with bathrooms en suite: £48
Right; The Library
To enquire or to book:
Isle of Gigha
Argyll PA41 7AD
Tel: 01 583 505 400
Fax: 01 583 505 387
or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 1 583 505 400
Fax: 44 1 583 505 387
Please tell Don you found Achamore House through About Scotland!
Map of the area:
The Isle of Gigha is about 3 hours from Glasgow by car and ferry (Tayinloan to Ardminish). Helicopter transport from Glasgow is possible to arrange, and there are twice daily flights with British Airways from Glasgow to the nearby airport of Campbeltown on Kintyre.