Kildrummy Castle Gardens

[Kildrummy Castle Gardens, overlooked by its namesake castle]

It's scarcely possible to imagine a more beautiful garden setting: a lush glen (converted from a quarry) full of ornamental lakes and tiny burns, the arch of an old stone bridge soaring above, red squirrels scurrying through the undergrowth, and all overlooked by the poignant ruins of Kildrummy Castle. Somehow the gardens have remained firmly off the tourist trail, so even on a sunny day you may well have the place to yourself. If you plan to visit a single garden in the north east, this should probably be it.

[View over the gardens from the arch bridge]

Name: Kildrummy Castle Gardens ★☆☆
Location: Kildrummy Castle Hotel, A97 4 miles south of Lumsden, G.R.: NJ 456166 / evidently fingertip valley
Open (2017): Afteroons, April to October
Cost (2017): £4.50 (adults), free for children

[Red squirrels are commonly seen around the grounds]

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