Attadale and Balmacara

Attadale House and Gardens

The fourth day of our highland holiday in July dawned dull and damp. We’d spotted Attadale Gardens on our way to Applecross a few days earlier and thought, optimistically, that if we pottered around there for the morning, we might be lucky with a brighter afternoon (spoiler: we weren’t). However, the gardens, including a sculpture trail, were well worth a visit, rain or shine. First, a few house and garden shots (the house is private, so you can’t tour inside).

Then the sculptures – there were 19 in total, so I haven’t included them all! These images are captioned with title and sculptor, so hover over, or enlarge, them if you are interested.

Finally – there was a tea room, The Old Larder. We had a hot drink when we arrived and sandwiches for lunch before we left: all very good, serve-yourself with an honesty box. And it was warm! We didn’t bother with the outside seating shown below.

So what to do next? It was raining harder than ever, so we thought we maybe wouldn’t get so wet under trees on a forest walk. I told you we were optimists, so we drove on to Balmacara.

The little settlement at Balmacara Square is a mixture of old estate buildings and newer houses, and now belongs to the National Trust for Scotland which carried out substantial renovations. It was good weather for the ducks!

The circular woodland walk we intended to follow from Balmacara was, we discovered, closed for logging about half way round. Our alternative route was, I suspect, a lot longer and we were soaked by the end of it. Good weather for frogs (or are they toads?) as well as ducks, not so good for us – but we’re still smiling! Just.

This was a day when we were particularly glad to be staying in an apartment rather than a hotel. Our clothes went straight in the washing machine when we got back and dried out overnight. Would we have better weather the next day? I still wanted to get to Skye …

73 thoughts on “Attadale and Balmacara

  1. Lisa Dorenfest ~ One Ocean At A Time December 6, 2019 / 18:10

    I came here for the smiles from you and John and was treated to so much more. The house, the plant-life, the sculptures, The square, the forest trails, and even that cute little frogs are all so very inviting. I can’t wait to wander with you someday when I find myself in your neck of the wood.

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  2. Birgit December 3, 2019 / 14:20

    Love the sculpture garden especially with the cat jumping over the fence. Your walk looks beautiful in the rain even though you got soaked.

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  3. anotherday2paradise December 1, 2019 / 18:41

    Why won’t my water lilies flower like that? 😯 What a great walk, Anabel. You and John are certainly all-weather wanderers. πŸ™‚

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  4. BeckyB November 28, 2019 / 11:43

    at least it wasn’t this wet on our walk in Glasgow!! Glad you kept smiling πŸ™‚

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  5. Heyjude November 27, 2019 / 23:29

    it’s amazing what weather you will put up with when on holiday! At home you simply stay put. But really the only thing that puts me off in the rain is the fact my camera is not waterproof! And rain is always a good excuse to visit a tea-room πŸ™‚

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  6. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) November 27, 2019 / 13:30

    My favourite sculptures are the wild boar and the eagle – he looks pleasingly fierce. That looks more like a toad to me, though I’m going mainly by the bumpiness of his skin, as frogs tend to be smoother. I’m a huge fan of amphibians, but I’m certainly no expert at identifying them!

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  7. Retirement Reflections November 27, 2019 / 01:05

    Thank you for taking us through these gardens. Absolutely stunning photos that made me feel like I was there!

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  8. ms6282 November 26, 2019 / 19:04

    Oh that Scottish weather πŸ™‚

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  9. Jonno November 26, 2019 / 15:49

    Shame about the weather but the gardens and walks look really good. Love the Old Larder and an honesty box is brilliant. Wouldn’t work in a lot of places would it?

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