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“A beautiful tranquil place”

Ardchattan Priory Garden
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A beautiful tranquil place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

This is a peaceful and evocative historic place made even more magical by the picturesque backdrop of Ben Cruachan and Loch Etive. It is perhaps surprising that so little has been done to guide visitors around the site. Historic Scotland could do so much more with this wonderful location, and a little tea room or visitors' centre could surely be incorporated unobtrusively while helping to educate the curious.

Visited July 2013
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English first
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43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2013

peaceful garden by lochside with hills behind. Enjoyed the history of the priory and the old graves, the plants and the birds.

Visited May 2013
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Hornsea, United Kingdom
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120 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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“Such a peaceful,magical place.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2013

What a magical place this is, we were the only visitors at the time when we visited, met a young man with his little girl who lives at the Priory, he was very nice and freindly we loved this place the grounds are beautiful too so tranquil especially being by the loch, it was a glorious day which made it even more special. Highly recommended if you want peace and quiet.

Visited May 2012
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Quiet and Peaceful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

Lovely gentle place to visit. Take your own picnic and enjoy the views out from the Priory as well as those within.

Visited September 2012
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Stoughton, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“MacDougall roots!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

A lovely garden and very interesting grave site. The Ardchattan Priory was a Valliscaulian monastic community in Argyll. It was founded in 1230 by Duncan MacDougal, Lord of Argyll.The original priory was rebuilt in the 15th century, when the monks’ choir was extended and a new refectory (dining hall) constructed. Monastic life eventually came to an end with the Protestant Reformation of 1560. At this time kings of Scotland and Norway were fighting for control of Argyll and the Inner Hebrides. Duncan may have invited the Valliscaulians to Ardchattan to ingratiate himself with the Scottish king, Alexander II. The priory was dominated by the MacDougalls throughout most of its existence. By the end of the 15th century, the position of prior was monopolized by the family. Among the numerous grave markers and carved stones on display is the MacDougall Cross. Commissioned by Prior Eugenius MacDougall in 1500, it was carved by John Ó Brolchán, a stone-carver from Iona. It is one of the few examples of West Highland carving recording the sculptor’s name. The cross bears a crucifixion scene on one side and an image of the Virgin and Child on the other. It is also (supposedly) where Somerled, the patriarch of the McDougal and MacDonald clans is buried. There are lovely gardens and an old tennis court on the grounds as well but nothing else in the area. You need to have a car cause if you take a bus you may be stuck there for hours since they only run 2ce a day to the Priory. Worth a visit.

Visited August 2012
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