Blairmore, on the Cowal Peninsula, Argyll
This is one of my favourite villages in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs. I recently spent a very enjoyable few hours here taking photographs and have since researched more information to accompany the pictures.
The small community is very actively engaged in innovative projects to improve their village. In 2018 Blairmore received a Gold Medal in the Coastal Villages category of the Beautiful Scotland competition, organised by Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Built in 1855 Blairmore Pier, played an important part in bringing visitors and goods to the area. Like many other piers it suffered though from a downturn that followed the boom of the Victorian Age and first part of the last century.
The pier was rescued and transferred to the not for profit Friends of Blairmore Pier who have restored it. Durning the summer the pier is one of the calling points for the Waverley Paddle Steamer.
The community have done an amazing job of creating a beautiful garden and outdoor space on the land that is opposite the pier. Making good use of grants, voluntary work and donations their first job was to remove the invasive species of Japanese Knotweed. This allowed them to make goods use of the space.
As you will see from the photographs there are some interesting sections, including Snow White’s Garden, a learning den, butterfly garden, bug farm, school projects and wood carvings.
This is a great place to have a picnic and definitely somewhere to bring young children.
Blairmore Gallery & Coffee Shop
A visit to Blairmore must include a trip to the excellent gallery and coffee shop, with good views across to the pier and Loch Long.
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