An Ceardach Garden

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Three miles from Campbeltown on the B842, what was once the Blacksmith's croft, (An Ceardach – The Smiddy), 5 acres of long-abandoned rough grazing and hazel wood has been transformed into a beautiful garden. The planting includes large collections of Rhododendrons, Camellias, Magnolias, Hydrangeas and many interesting and unusual trees and shrubs with something to see at all times of the year. Wildflower meadows are spectacular from daffodil time through fritillaries and bluebells to summer flowers.

There is a productive vegetable garden and many landscaping features, including flower borders, streams, fountain, ponds, a rock face. The garden contains a number of sculptures and fairy doors. A major feature of this garden is its sheltered location, with stunning views across Kilbrannan Sound to the mountains of Arran. There is a chance of seeing otters, seals and even dolphins passing by. Our analemma, a way of seeing the sun as a noon mark and calendar, was included in an STV series on archeoastronomy.