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Down on the farm

Down on the farm
Carry Farm, situated on the east side of the Ardlamont Peninsula, has been home to Derek and Fiona and their growing family for the past 17 years. The 60-acre coastal smallholding is an idyllic coastal setting for a tranquil break. From walks to wildlife, Fiona fills us in on things to do and see.

Visitors are very welcome at Carry Farm. A coastal walk, starting at the entrance to the shore, begins with a view north to the dramatic hills towering behind Tighnabruaich. You might want to start with some beach combing, when the tide is out the sandy shore is a perfect playground for young children. The shore at the point has rock pools abound for the budding marine biologists, and look out for stone sculptures that randomly appear on the rocks.

During the summer months the bay is a hive of activity with the Tighnabruaich Sailing School operating from the beach. Watching the dinghies buzzing around and learning the ropes is a perfect afternoon’s activity, especially if coupled with a picnic. Look out for kayakers who enjoy stopping at Carry Farm to use the facilities and rest their weary arms. The Carry Buoy situated off the point warns passing yachts to keep clear of the rocks, and the distinctive red roof of the farmhouse is a popular landmark for them.

As you head around the point, the small but beautiful island of Inchmarnock comes into view, followed by the Sleeping Warrrior on Arran at the bottom of Loch Fyne - definitely a view not to be missed.

Keep your eyes on the water as you walk around the shore. This year we were lucky enough to be visited by a minke whale. Seals and porpoises are common, with visits from dolphins and basking sharks a pleasure to see. An otter is regularly seen swimming in the bay or making a run for ditches with a mouthful of fish! Look upwards and watch the diving gannets. The Hen Harrier is often found hovering over the heathland looking for lunch.

Returning to Carry Farm via the circular loop brings you alongside woods that are bursting with Hazel trees - very popular with the resident red squirrels. Pine martens and the elusive badger live here too. Carry Farm is also home to Barney the donkey (who would love you to bring him a carrot!) and a small flock of Hebridean sheep, a rare breed indigenous to Scotland and crucially a hardy animal that thrives on the heathland. Their fleece is processed by Fiona, who is busy developing a range of textiles using the beautiful dark yarn - watch this space!

The Dairy Gallery and Tearoom (open in the summer) is a welcome end to the walk. Help yourself to fairtrade tea/coffee and goodies and sit on the bench watching the yachts sail past. You can also enjoy looking at the the exhibition of old photographs of Carry Farm and the textiles and ceramics in the small but perfectly formed gallery. If you are really lucky the hens may have filled the bowl with fresh free range eggs for sale.

Here at Carry Farm you can rent an architect-designed lodge or there’s even the opportunity to buy your own holiday home overlooking the Kyles of Bute.

As a small family business, we are very fortunate to live and work in such an inspiring land and seascape. We have a genuine concern for our environment and seek to minimise any unnecessary impact on our natural surroundings. The new lodge now for sale by the shore is no exception. Clad in scots larch and left to weather to a beautiful silver grey, high quality fittings, wood burning stove, aluminium roof and zinc coated guttering all add up to an ecologically sound, contemporary lodge – the perfect weekend retreat on Argyll’s Secret Coast!

Camping by the shore is also available at Carry Farm, but don’t tell too many people – we don’t want to scare off the wildlife…

Visit: www.carryfarm.co.uk/home.html

Visit: www.carryfarm.co.uk
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