Ascog Hall Gardens and Fernery

[Ascog Fernery]

Ferns aren't typically considered the prettiest of plants. But this secret, sunken fernery feels a bit like another world, originally built in 1870 but redeveloped from ruins in 1997. The centrepiece is a 1,000+ year old fern, somehow a survivor from the Victorian collection and probably the oldest in the UK. The small fernery is just one part of three acres of beautiful gardens surrounding Ascog Hall, set in a peaceful spot on Bute's eastern shore between Rothesay and Mount Stuart.

[Ascog Hall (not open to the public, but its gardens are)]

Name: Ascog Hall Gardens and Fernery ★☆☆
Location: A844 at Ascog, 3 miles south of Rothesay, G.R.: NS 107631 / siesta grapevine whips
Open (2017): Daily, but best during summer
Cost (2017): £4 (adults), free for children

[Sea view from Ascog village]

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