Abriachan Garden Nursery
These beautiful woodland gardens, established in 1983 by the Davidson family after they returned from the Falkland Islands, has a mix of native and exotic plants and winding woodland paths edged by mossy stone walls that lead up a hill to reveal stunning Loch Ness views. The family has introduced many plants from the countries they once lived and gardened in – olearias, pittosporums and flaxes from New Zealand, and tea berries and diddle dee berries (crowberries) from the Falklands. The adjacent nursery stocks a wide range of unusual plants and there are notable collections of primulas, auriculas, helianthemums and hardy geraniums. Only ten minutes by car from Inverness, Abriachan Garden Nursery is ideal for a peaceful day out and for the chance of spotting perhaps squirrels, slow worms and pine martens in the grounds.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- The nursery has wheelchair accessibility and limited car parking at the same level
- Opening Times: Open, Feb-Nov
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About The area
Apart from the Orkneys and the Shetlands, Highland is Scotland’s northernmost county. Probably its most famous feature is the mysterious and evocative Loch Ness, allegedly home to an ancient monster that has embedded itself in the world’s modern mythology, and the region’s tourist industry. Monster or no, Loch Ness is beautiful and it contains more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in England and Wales put together. The loch is 24 miles long, one mile wide and 750 feet deep, making it one of the largest bodies of fresh water in Europe.
At the very tip of the Highlands is John o’ Groats, said to be named after a Dutchman, Jan de Groot, who lived here in the early 16th century and operated a ferry service across the stormy Pentland Firth to Orkney. In fact, the real northernmost point of the British mainland is Dunnet Head, whose great cliffs rise imposingly above the Pentland Firth some two miles further north than John o’ Groats.
The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Its name is Norse, meaning ‘isle of clouds’, and the southwestern part of the island has some of the heaviest rainfall on the whole of the British coast. Despite this, it’s the most visited of all the islands of the Inner Hebrides. It’s dominated from every view by the high peaks of the Cuillins, which were only conquered towards the end of the 19th century.
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