Castle Gardens

The first formal design and creation of Brechin Castle Gardens was by Alexander Edward for the 4th Earl of Panmure between 1701 – 1708. Since that period there have been many improvements, including the addition of shrub and woodland gardens in the early 20th century.

Brechin Castle Gardens is one of the finest private gardens in Scotland. It covers over 40 acres of planted parkland and includes the famous walled garden. The gardens link to Brechin Castle by woodland paths with banks of vibrant colours of azaleas and rhododendrons in Spring when they are open to visitors.

The13 acre walled garden has an exceptional plant collection around a structure of mature trees and in particular a magnificent cedar of Lebanon and sculptured yew hedge along the main pathway. The walls by the ornate entrance gate are adorned with such beautiful roses as Rosa foetida ‘Bicolour’, alternatively known as Austrian Copper for its yellow centred coppery-red flowers and Rosa Ecae. Nearby peonies, Cytisus battandieri and Clematis ‘Etoile Rose’ provide spectacular spring and summer colour.

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The extensive upper garden is open to the sun and contains areas of lawn, mature ornamental tree plantings, beds and borders with Rhododendron and vine houses and garden room. In an annex to the north, accessed through an ornamental gate beside a drinking fountain inscribed “Drink and be thankful”, is the kitchen garden area containing most of the greenhouses including a unique curved Victorian peach house. In addition the potting sheds, vegetable areas and cold frames are located there.

castlegardens3Back in the main garden a cherub flanked flight of steps draws the visitor down the landscaped slopes to a circular lily pond surrounded by the summer and autumn gardens which feature specimen trees selected for autumn colour.

The open dates for the Castle next year will be from Saturday 3rd June 2017 to Sunday 2nd July 2017.

Separate groups can visit the Castle and Gardens by separate arrangement. For further information please telephone Mandy Ferries on 01356 624566 or e-mail dalhousieestates@btinternet.com or mandyferries@dalhousieestates.co.uk.

Brechin Castle Gardens are also open to visitors under Scotland’s Garden Scheme on Sunday 7th May from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.