THE KILMAHEW EDUCATION TRUST
Eight Centuries of Scottish History
in a single estate.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT ALL STRUCTURES AND BUILDINGS WITHIN THE ESTATE ARE UNSAFE AND SHOULD NOT BE CLIMBED UPON.
The Kilmahew Estate is currently closed to visitors exploring the ruins and architecture on the Estate.
Please be aware that climbing on the structures results in damages to the A listed buildings and can result in fatal injuries and falling from 4 floors.
PLEASE RESPECT THE BUILDINGS AND DO NOT CLIMB ON THE STRUCTURES.
Custodians for Future Generations
The post-pandemic world needs open spaces, it needs to continue the creative process that has kept us all going during lockdown and it needs to rebuild the economy too. We are all in different stages of rehabilitation and we recognise that we cannot continue living the way we did.
More than ten years ago we began to recognise the need to slow down and spend time together as families and these qualities have informed the primary requirements of our ethos and designs across the Kilmahew Estate.
WHAT WE DO
The Kilmahew Education Trust are hoping to unify the wide array of architectural gems that cover many centuries, into a single programme that is accessible to all generations. The Kilmahew Estate is far more than the Seminary complex alone.The architecture and landscape have multiple tangible and intangible assets which we would like to explore in order to provide life long learning to visitors. We would want to offer education in the broader sense to children in pre-school through to adults and to provide the opportunity for continuous professional development and scientific and historical research.
The Kilmahew Education Trust would also like to provide and promote commercial enterprise, skills and training and job opportunities for young people entering a crowded and competitive job market. The architectural elements all contribute strongly, yet discreetly, with these ambitions.
"Light creates ambience and feel of a place, as well as the expression of a structure."
THE WALLED GARDEN AT KILMAHEW
Reviving the original
1866 planting schemes
The Kilmahew Education Trust has obtained a copy of the original description of the Victorian Walled Garden and a 'Treatise on The Vine, Pineapple, Peach, Plum, Nectarine etc' by Head Gardener John Fleming. Fleming famously designed the flower borders at Cliveden.
THE JAPANESE GARDEN AT KILMAHEW
Reclaiming the lost Japanese Gardens and Bridges.
There are at least twelve lost bridges that used to weave across the Kilmahew Burn with exotic planting believed to have been sourced via James Burns' links to the Cunard Shipping Company. The Kilmahew Education Trust will attempt to corroborate that legend whilst restoring this area to its outstanding beauty.
Restoring the Napier Heritage
Kilmahew Castle was the seat of the Napier Clan for almost 600 years. The Kilmahew Education Trust intends to carry out a detailed archaeological survey. Our ultimate aim is to restore this scheduled ancient monument and breathe new life into it.
WHERE WE ARE
We let our Outstanding Unique Values speak for themselves
The Kilmahew Education Trust is located at the Kilmahew Estate, north of Cardross in Argyll & Bute and contains 140 acres of semi ancient woodland, a SSSI site, Scheduled Ancient Monument in Kilmahew Castle and the iconic RIBA award winning and Grade A Listed St. Peter's Seminary complex.
The Estate was shaped by the Napier Clan from the 13th Century, James Burns in Victorian times and, since the end of WWII by the Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow. They bequeathed the Kilmahew Estate to our Trust in 2020.
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