Day 2 | Friday, 12 May
Two gardens—and crossing the Atlantic for one of them!
We spend our first full day in Argyll exploring the coast north
of Crinan, and we start by crossing the 'Bridge over the Atlantic',
to the Isle of Seil - one of the Slate Islands - for a private visit to Sheila
Downie's charming garden, An Cala. Sitting snuggly in a
horseshoe-shaped slate cliff, with views to die for, Sheila's
south-facing garden is frequently proclaimed as the 'favourite'
garden by many of our customers, and justifiably so!
We return south, for lunch and the early afternoon at Arduaine Garden, a wonderful
garden and a tranquil oasis of rhododendrons, azaleas and
magnolias, overlooking the sea on a beautiful stretch of
In between Arduaine and Crinan lies the fascinating, and
historically important, Kilmartin Glen. Spanning some
5,000 years, and with with a multitude of cairns, standing stones,
carved rock, stone circles, forts and castles, Kilmartin Glen has
one of Europe's most important concentrations of Neolithic and
Bronze Age remains. More than 350 ancient monuments lie within a
six mile radius of the village - and 150 of them are
We will visit the museum and, depending upon time and enthusiasm,
stop at one or two of the more important sites, en route home to
Dinner at the Crinan Hotel.
Today's total driving is about 60 miles/100 km