Walk 7-3: Blooming Gardens and Puzzled Monkeys: Castle Kennedy Gardens

This walk begins on the shores of Loch Ryan. It crosses the old military railway and climbs through farmland to the entrance of Lochinch estate.


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At the Balker Bridge walkers choose to take either the longer higher route, or opt for the easy walk.

The easy route crosses the Black Loch and follows its edges alongside the magnificent, blooming rhododendron bushes for which Castle Kennedy Gardens are famous, before arriving at the cafe and the main entrance to the gardens.

Those who opt for the moderate walk will climb up and across the fell from the Balker Bridge. There are fine views over the White and Black lochs of the estate and Loch Ryan and Luce Bay in the distance. A steep grassy field leads down to Tongue Glen and then follows the Sheuchan Burn until it rejoins the easy route at the edge of the Black Loch.

There will be time to visit the gardens with its Monkey Puzzle avenue (entrance fee applicable) and the tea room before the pick up.

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Register from 10:30
Depart at 11:00
Travel time 45 minutes
Start from NX 083 619
End at NX 112 608
Return travel time 30 minutes
Return by 16:45
Price (Adult) £10.00
Price (Accompanied Child) £10.00
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Walk 7-3: Blooming Gardens and Puzzled Monkeys: Castle Kennedy Gardens