Cairndow

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Ardkinglas Gardens, near Cairndow

Cairndow (Scottish Gaelic: An Càrn Dubh) is a coastal hamlet in southwest Scotland. The town lies between the A83 road and the head of Loch Fyne. Administratively it forms part of the Argyll and Bute council area.

Cairndow's school closed in 1988 after the roll fell to just 3 pupils. Now children in the area are sent to the primary school in Strachur and the secondary school in Dunoon. Medical facilities for the hamlet are provided by the GP in Strachur.

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Ardkinglas House[edit]

Dating back to the 1300s, the Ardkinglas estate extends over more than 12,000 acres of rolling hills and landscaped parkland. The Ardkinglas Mansion House was built by architect Sir Robert Lorimer, completed in eighteen months in the Fall of 1907, and is considered to be the his masterpiece. In the 1820s, feminist Caroline Sheridan Norton was raised at Ardkinglas House.

The house remains unaltered and is a popular location for television period dramas and film productions, as well as weddings. Today, it is open to the public, however, not on a regular basis, privates tour of the house can be booked at any time of the year and public tours are available on Fridays from April to October. The house's original "Butlers Quarters" can be rented all the year round.

The Woodland Gardens, dating back to the 18th century, are open all the year round with stunning views of the exterior of the Ardkinglas estate, with its scenic backdrop on Loch Fyne.[1]

A view across Loch Fyne near Cairndow
The kirk at Cairndow

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Coordinates: 56°15′14″N 4°56′22″W / 56.25384°N 4.93945°W / 56.25384; -4.93945