Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Carlisle Capers

Just back from the, unusually warm, north visiting Sis. There was much gardening and fencing (not the epee/foil sort :) But there was time to fit in a number of garden visits ...

P1010116.JPGHigh Head Sculpture Park
Located just outside Penrith this sculpture trail, featuring the works of local artist Jonathan Stamper, is a popular venue for Cumbrian contemporary artist to display their works. Still some work in progress there are hillside trails and a river runs through it. There are unusual sculptures and a life size stone circle. High Head also boasts a health spa, holiday cottages and an accessible cafe (try the pumpkin soup - amazing!)

Castle Kennedy is part of the Stair estate containing Lochinch Castle, the remains of Castle Kennedy, both the White and Black Lochs, very large monkey puzzles n wild rhubarb and perhaps the most stunning lilly pond covering what seems like quarter of an acre.

 Glenwhan Gardens

Situated on a hilltop in Dunragit it is, perhaps, one of Scotlands newest - yet expansive and picturesque - gardens and heathland walks. 300 feet above sea level it overlooks Luce Bay, the Mull of Galoway and, on a clear day, the Isle of Man. Due to the close proximity of the sea and the warming gulf stream a wide variety of plants flourish here. The garden is built around small lochans created by damming boggy areas of the site.

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