Gardens and Grounds

The kirk sits in a beautiful part of Argyll with wonderful views down Loch Awe. From the entrance, with remnants of a stone circle, the original path leads down to the kirk. The natural landscape with oak trees, rhododendrons, terraces and grassed areas creates a tranquil setting. A variety of paths and steps wind round, down and below the kirk, along St Modan’s way, to the lawn beyond.

We need to upgrade access to the grounds on the loch side of the kirk, secure the terracing and create water drainage courses, remove two large non-native trees within 10m of the kirk that are leading to roof damage, reinstate the stone circle by the main entrance, improve paths and handrails and clean and conserve a number of monuments. These projects and the addition of clear signage and orientation information will help visitors more fully appreciate the local landscape, heritage and the environment.

With extensive conservation and repair work needed to the fabric of the kirk, it is always difficult to allocate money and resources to the gardens and grounds. We are very grateful to the volunteer groups who help with the maintenance of the grounds, which form such an important part of the visitor experience and which are also enjoyed by many in the local community.

View from the North West

 

Plans include addressing unofficial paths worn by visitors. In this case past the Apse.