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Ardkinglas Gardens, near Cairndow on Loch Fyne.jpg
Ardkinglas Gardens, near Cairndow.
Location within Argyll and Bute
OS grid referenceNN 18100 10800
• Edinburgh70[1] mi (110 km)
• London382[2] mi (615 km)
Council area
  • Argyll and Bute
Lieutenancy area
  • Argyll and Bute
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtPA27
Dialling code01499
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
  • Argyll and Bute
Scottish Parliament
  • Argyll and Bute
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56°15′17″N 4°56′16″W / 56.254773°N 4.9379082°W / 56.254773; -4.9379082Coordinates: 56°15′17″N 4°56′16″W / 56.254773°N 4.9379082°W / 56.254773; -4.9379082

Cairndow; (Scottish Gaelic: An Càrn Dubh) is a coastal hamlet, on the Cowal peninsula in Argyll and Bute, Scottish Highlands. The town lies between the A83 road and the head of Loch Fyne.

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.[3]

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.[4]

Ardkinglas House[edit]

Ardkinglas House, near Cairndow on Loch Fyne

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.

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.[5]




  1. ^ "Distance from Cairndow, UK to Edinburgh, UK or how far is Cairndow, UK from Edinburgh, UK?". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  2. ^ "Distance from Cairndow, UK to London, UK or how far is Cairndow, UK from London, UK?". Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  3. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Kilmorich Kirk, Cairndow (LB11818)". Retrieved 2019-04-15.
  4. ^ "Loch Fyne Oysters and Restaurants - History". Loch Fyne Oysters. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-02-12.
  5. ^ "Historic Mansion House and Woodland Gardens Argyll, West Coast of Scotland | Ardkinglas Estate". Retrieved 2016-12-14.

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