Gigha

We went through Tarbert on the way to Gigha. I have a few pictures of
Tarbert Castle, the town (taken from the hill), and our picnic lunch.

The wait for the ferry and the trip over to Gigha were very pleasant.
I have more photos, including two of the hotel from the ferry.

Gigha is a very beautiful island, seven miles long by a mile and a half wide, with
a population of 120, and 13 school children.

Gigha is community owned – in 2002, the island was purchased by the inhabitants of Gigha.

We stayed at the Gigha Hotel (second building from the left).

 
This is the view from the front window in our room,

 
and this is the view from the side window.

 
We managed to get to Achamore Gardens before the master gardener
left for the weekend. He gave us a wonderful tour. The garden,
about 50 acres, was started in 1944 and contains lots of rhododendrons
and some rare trees, including the rare tree below.

 
He took us to the top of the garden which has a view of Jura.
The master gardener is in the middle, pointing.

 
You can see the Paps of Jura (three hills), in this picture.

 
The greenhouse at Achamore was especially well designed.
I have more shots of it.

 
This is Achamore House. It is owned by an American business man.

 
I have more photos from the Garden, mostly of our group, one of
the peacock and her young, and a few more of Achamore House.

 
We went to the northern end of the island, the very tip of the island!!!

 

 
We sat quietly in the bus for a while watching for otters, but didn't get to see any.

 

 
We were fortunate to have with us a naturalist, Vie Tulloch, who lives on Gigha.

 
We were also joined by a young lady, KK, on her way to Ireland
with her grandparents.

 
I have several more pictures from our walk.

There is a very small island south of Gigha
that has one house on it.

 
And I have even more pictures of the Gigha ferry, as we left the island,
and of other ferries on the way to the airport.

 
We had a short visit to Arran on the way to the airport, to the family home
of one of our leaders.

 

 
Here are a few more pictures, one of windmills and a few of flowers.

Gigha has two Web sites, www.isle-of-gigha.co.uk and
a newer one www.gigha.org.uk.

There's a link to this page on http://www.trivago.co.uk/isle-of-gigha-94471/tips. The Trivago Travel Guide site is quite good (it's a "community" Web site), especially the Isle of Gigha page.

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Last modified: 2007 November 27
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