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.


43 thoughts on “Dun Dubh

  1. Becky B June 16, 2016 / 13:47

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


    • Anabel Marsh June 16, 2016 / 14:14

      Ha ha, have you seen the size of it? Even if it was for sale it would be rather out of our league…..

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Pit June 16, 2016 / 14:15

    Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. :O


    • Anabel Marsh June 16, 2016 / 14:58

      It is stunning! But as I point out, it’s not always quite like that in terms of weather……

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Liesbet June 16, 2016 / 15:14

    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!


    • Anabel Marsh June 16, 2016 / 16:05

      The Gulf Stream has a definite effect on the west coast climate and the plants that can grow there. Don’t ask me for anything more than that cos that’s as much as I understand!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Sarah Ferguson and Choppy June 17, 2016 / 15:17

        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.)

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Heyjude June 16, 2016 / 16:19

    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 😀


  5. joylovestravel June 16, 2016 / 18:56

    Stunning place and those blue skies are just the icing on the cake. We need some of that here right now!


  6. anotherday2paradise June 16, 2016 / 20:05

    What a beautiful place, Anabel. So glad you had good weather this time. I don’t even want to imagine it in winter. 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh June 16, 2016 / 22:33

      It was still beautiful but lots of water where it shouldn’t be i.e. On the roads.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Birgit June 16, 2016 / 20:47

    This is beautiful! I love the path with the steps and the other green grass path. We went on a garden show in Niagara on the Lake a couple of weeks ago. How big was this garden? It looks like it would be over an acre for sure


    • Anabel Marsh June 16, 2016 / 22:37

      More like six. That sounds nice in Niagara on the Lake.


  8. Su Leslie June 17, 2016 / 09:22

    Utterly beautiful. Scotland at her best indeed. Thanks for sharing this Anabel.


  9. restlessjo June 17, 2016 / 13:26

    Scotland AND sunshine! Win, win situation and a lovely garden. You look great Anabel. 🙂


  10. susan@onesmallwalk June 17, 2016 / 16:15

    So lovely. I’m certain there are days when the sun doesn’t cooperate, but I sure would like some that lushness here in California!


    • Anabel Marsh June 17, 2016 / 16:30

      Well, that is the benefit of so much rain! Sometimes I can’t believe how much green I see.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. Lemonpath June 18, 2016 / 05:50

    What a beautiful garden and view. Your photos are lovely too, look better when they are big bigger!


    • Anabel Marsh June 18, 2016 / 08:43

      Thanks, yes the gallery display doesn’t always do individual pictures justice, but I hope people might click on the ones they wasn’t to see bigger as you did.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor June 18, 2016 / 10:07

    Yes, when you live in Scotland you take any relatively warm and sunny day you get and call it summer as there so few and far between 🙂


  13. inesephoto June 18, 2016 / 23:44

    Delightful place! Your photographs are beautiful and very illustrative.


  14. RuthsArc June 19, 2016 / 03:33

    Thanks for sharing these delightful gardens Anabel.


  15. Beth Walsh's Photoblog June 22, 2016 / 15:05

    Just another little shack with a tiny garden surrounding it, with no view at all. lol Stunning, just stunning! Although December sounds like a problem. Theres always a downside! Amazing place Anabel, I would love to visit.


I'd love to hear what you think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s