|Scottish Gaelic: Àrd Bhaile|
Ardwell shown within Dumfries and Galloway
|Population||123 (2001 Census)|
|Council area||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Dumfries and Galloway|
|Scottish Parliament||Galloway and West Dumfries|
Ardwell (from Gaelic Àrd Bhaile meaning "high town", pronounced as "Ardwell") is a village in Stoneykirk, Wigtownshire, in the Scottish unitary council area of Dumfries and Galloway. It lies on the shores of Luce Bay in the southern part of the Rhins of Galloway. The A716 road to Drummore or the Mull of Galloway passes through the village. The only other street is Ardwell Park, a street of new houses.
The community is served by the nearby Ardwell Church, a small public church with a bell tower, built in 1900-1902.
Many of the houses are still owned by Ardwell Estates, and Ardwell House is located around one half mile west of the village in the grounds of Ardwell Garden and looking across Ardwell Pond.
In the grounds of Ardwell House, on a ridge above the road, are the remains of a medieval motte; the castle bailey may have stood to the north. In addition, south of the church are the ruins of Killaser Castle, the ancestral home of the McCullochs, who formerly held Ardwell., Stoneykirk, Rhinns, Wigtownshire.
Ardwell used to hold the Leek Fair, where plants were sold.
Ardwell Gardens is a 342 ha (970 acres) garden surrounding the 18th-century Ardwell House. It has a walled garden, and a large pond which has ducks and swans with an approximately half-hour walk round it. There is also access to Ardwell church (to the west) and Ardwell village (to the east) with a beach and boat shop.
Logan Botanic Garden
Logan Botanic Garden, a branch of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, is 2 miles from Ardwell. Logan's mild climate allows a variety of exotic plants to grow outdoors. There are many beautiful plants which can be found in few other gardens in Britain. It has a woodland garden, and a walled garden and a terrace garden with an avenue of Chusan palms.
Motte and Bailey Castle, north Chapel Rossan Bay.
Doon Castle Broch, Ardwell Point. photo by Colin McDonald
Doon Castle Broch, Ardwell Point, High Ardwell Bay. photo by Colin McDonald
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ardwell.|
- Church Details, Ardwell Church, retrieved 5 May 2010.
- Ardwell at ScotlandsPlaces.
- Killaser Castle, Cairnhandy at Geograph/
- Killaser Castle at ScotlandsPlaces.
- Ardwell at Mull of Galloway
- "The Countryfile Photographic Competition finalists 2011" at countryfile.com
- Ardwell Gardens at Historic Scotland.
- Ardwell Gardens at VisitScotland.com.
- Logan Botanic Garden, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
- Doon Castle (Broch) at the Megalithic Portal.
- Dumfries & Galloway: Summary of places of interest, CAST.