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Ardkinglas Gardens, near Cairndow.
|OS grid reference|
|• Edinburgh||70 mi (110 km)|
|• London||382 mi (615 km)|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||DUNOON, ARGYLL|
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. Kilmorich Church at Cairndow was built in 1818 and is a category A listed building.
After originating as an oyster farm in the loch, Loch Fyne Oysters opened its Loch Fyne Oyster Bar in 1988 at Clachan, across the head of the loch from Cairndow. The company has expanded into a restaurant chain, and the Oyster Bar continues to be a tourist attraction at Clachan, Cairndow.
Ardkinglas House is located to the south of the village. Dating back to the 1300s, the Ardkinglas estate extends over more than 12,000 acres of rolling hills and landscaped parkland. The present Ardkinglas House was built by architect Sir Robert Lorimer, completed in eighteen months in the Fall of 1907, and is considered to be his masterpiece. It replaces an earlier house where, in the 1820s, feminist Caroline Sheridan Norton was raised.
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.
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- "Historic Mansion House and Woodland Gardens Argyll, West Coast of Scotland | Ardkinglas Estate". Ardkinglas.com. Retrieved 2016-12-14.
- Map sources for Cairndow
- Cairndow page in the Gazetteer for Scotland - website
- Ardkinglas House - website
- Gaelic place names of Scotland - website
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