Jewel of Bute

About Ascog

This splendid sunken fernery on the Isle of Bute was built circa 1870 when the Victorian passion for ferns was at its height. Restored and replanted to its former glory in 1997 it now houses one of the most impressive and rare collections of ferns to be found outwith a botanic garden including a famous survivor from the original collection, a Todea barbara, believed to be 1000 years old. The L- shaped fernery has an exquisite quartz pebble path and water features. Surrounding the fernery are 3 acres of established garden planted with a wide variety of choice perennials, shrubs and trees to give interest throughout the season.

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The Gardens

The Rose Garden

An archway with entwined ramblers and clematis leads you through the rose grden. During June and July an abundancy of over 50 different roses shower you with colour and aroma.

The Gravel Garden

A tranquil spot to enjoy far reaching views and the smell of the sea. This gravel garden is a present undergoing a transition into a garden of contemplation.

The Wild Meadow

The boggy, marshy areas of the huge lawn is left untouched for the wild flowers to grow and spread. A winding lawn path will guide you through this green sea; you may discover some loosestrife, or even an orchid.


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By road (M8) or rail from Glasgow to Wemyss Bay, then Calmac ferry to Rothesay. Scenic route via Loch Lomond/Arrochar/Colintraive then ferry to Rhubodach, north end of Bute. Then 11 miles by road to Ascog Hall.

Adults and seniors £4.00 - Children free

Open from 10.00am - 6.00pm