Foreland House Garden on Islay is one of the four big gardens in the Southern Hebrides. The other three gardens can be found on the Isle of Gigha at Achamore House, which is open to public all year and has beautiful views to Islay and Jura too. Colonsay House has beautiful gardens, some open most of the year, except the private inner garden which is only open on Wednesday's and Fridays. This garden can be included in a day-trip to Colonsay from Islay. Jura House Garden on the Isle of Jura is unfortunately no longer open to the public.
The gardens of Foreland House on Islay have limited opening times and are usually only opened to the public in spring during a couple of days on Sunday afternoons. Today, Sunday 17th of May, was the first of the 6 open days. Foreland House has two gardens, the House garden and the Walled Garden. There is also a large pond, built some years ago, which is accessible from the back of the House garden. Attached to the walled garden is a plant sale area with a very good selection for those with green fingers. Continue reading....
Flowering Azalea's in the House Garden
Despite the rather cold spring the gardens already looked beautiful. This early in spring it's mainly the stunning Rhododendrons and Azalea's which have the most colour and some of the early perennials. As the season progresses there will be more, and different, colours in the garden so it's always good to come back several times to fully appreciate the gardens. Foreland House can be found on the Kilchoman Road, 0.5 miles from the main road.
Foreland House and Garden
We have a beautiful rotating gallery with Foreland House pictures on the Islay Gallery website.