Entering the enchanted grounds of Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park feels a bit like stumbling out of a rabbit hole into a strange world beyond. Around every corner is something mysterious and wonderful, sometimes natural, sometimes man made but always a delightful surprise.
The sculpture park is an outdoor gallery which displays and sells works of art by established artists. If like me you are an Andy Scott fan there is a treat in store as the macquette for his next proposed giant canal structure, The Maryhill Bigman, is currently on display here.
The gardens are a wonder of their own, with stunning views across the Kyles of Bute and access to the scenic shoreline. Rustic summerhouses, a characterful boathouse, walled garden, wildlife pond and tennis court are just some of the architectural jewels.
Situated in Colintraive on Argyll's secret coast, the sculpture park is a real hidden gem. A visit here is a total treat for the senses and imagination and somewhere well worth seeking out.
The park is open from Thursday to Sunday and on Bank Holidays until September 14th 2014.
The owner and curator provides guided walks on Sundays at 2pm
Entry costs £3 for adults and children go free.
Dogs are welcome but should be kept on a lead.
For directions follow the guide on their website
There are lots of great places to visit on Argyll's Secret Coast, to find out more have a look at their website
I highly recommend the Colintraive Hotel which serves excellent food, with many of the ingredients locally sourced. This is one of my favourite places to eat in the area and they also do good tea and coffee with yummy home-baked cakes!
Dogs are welcome in the bar and there is also outside seating with a view. The community garden next door to the hotel is also worth a quick visit.
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