Dun Dubh

Dun Dubh
Dun Dubh

Imagine waking up to this view every morning! The lucky owners of Ben Dubh do exactly that – admittedly, not usually with such brilliant blues, but this is Scotland. Ben Dubh (pronounced Doo) is a private house which opens its garden once a year to raise funds for charity as part of Scotland’s Gardens. That’s when the rest of us get to share the view of Loch Ard and Ben Lomond beyond.

The garden is late Victorian and comprises six terraced acres running down to the loch. I think the best thing I can do is just shut up and show you the pictures.

Beautiful at it is, I’m not sure I’d actually like to live there. The last time we visited Loch Ard was December when the road flooded and we got cut off. I think I’ll stick to city living for now.

I’m linking this post to Jude’s Garden Challenge – for June, she is looking for the essence of summer. Strictly speaking, this doesn’t qualify as it was May but, hey, in Scotland we take summer when we can and sometimes May and September are our best months. I don’t think, in any case, you can get more summery than blue skies and sun glinting on the water! Click through to Jude’s blog to see her beautiful garden photography and other people’s summer selections in the comments.

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  1. Ah, there are some cracking gardens up in Scotland and this is a delight, summer time or not. Quite like the house too. And the view. I’d be happy to be stuck in during the winter just as long as the freezer was full and the log burner working 😀

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      • Ah, the Gulf Stream – it’s an amazing thing. Even in warm places like Florida, it allows mangroves to grow much further north than they should, because the water always stays so warm. (I will stop with my fun facts there. Because I have more.)

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  2. Wonderful photo selection (although you might have mislabeled the bottom one :-)) and destination, Anabel! I’m so happy you lucked out with the weather this time. I love blue skies!

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  3. Absolutely glorious, Scotland at its best.
    Thank you for the advice on how to pronounce it I would have got it completely wrong otherwise!

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