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Achnacloich

A Category B-listed Scottish baronial mansion with a notable garden on a cliff above the southern shore of Loch Etive (Argyll and Bute), Achnacloich lies 3 miles (5 km) east of Connel. Bought in the 1890s by the Nelson family of Edinburgh publishers as their country seat, it became the home of Tommy Nelson (d.1917) and was regularly visited by John Buchan (1875 - 1940) who was his business partner. It remains in the Nelson family.

A cottage here was the work Robert Lorimer in 1919.

Although initially established as part of the designed landscape around the house in the 19th century, serious planting began in the 1920s drawing inspiration from Dawyck (which was in the hands of a maternal relation of the Nelson family) and the garden has been further developed since 1952. It extends to 43 ha (106 acres) and is now open to the public. offering fine views across the loch, it occupies a natural woodland setting and comprises interlinked glades, ancient Scots pine, oak and a diversity of rhododendron species. In Spring, flows of bulbs, bluebells, primroses and wood anemones are prominent while later in the year magnolias, azaleas and Japanese maples feature. There is also a notable collection of eucryphia, two water gardens and a 19th-century walled garden.


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