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  • Gordon Castle Walled Garden

    Gordon Castle is the “spiritual home” of the Gordon Clan and has significant historical importance in Scotland, but also to everyone in the world called Gordon.
    We also have a very special Walled Garden. The garden, at 8 acres probably the largest productive walled kitchen garden in the country, had fallen into disrepair. However, it had been kept weed free and the two hundred and forty nine espaliered apple, plum, pear, peach, apricot, nectarine and fig trees around the walls had been well kept for many years by ex-head gardener Willie Robertson, a true expert having worked in the garden since 1946. The buildings were also ancient and had fallen into disrepair and needed restoration.
    So we decided to combine the redevelopment of the Walled Garden with the launch of our product range and the Gordon Castle Scotland brand. The garden itself was an awkward size at 8 acres: Too big for the needs of the Castle, but not big enough to be commercially viable in a modern world. We decided to turn it into a productive space of beauty, education and heritage capable of supplying the ingredients for all our products and for a shop and restaurant.
    Given that the story of the products is all about the place, provenance and being natural we thought that people would like to visit our garden and whilst there would like to sample the fresh produce straight from the garden.
    So we had the garden designed with a modern twist on the traditional kitchen garden by multi award-winning garden designer Arne Maynard. A network of paths and beds have already been built and planted, together with an outside performance stage and children’s play area.
    Our café is a “new build” designed by award winning architect Craig Hamilton. Delightful and delicious seasonal Scottish dishes are prepared with care and plenty of flair using the finest local ingredients, so fresh you may see some being picked from our Garden before they reach your plate. Guests can enjoy coffee, a homemade lunch, afternoon tea, or a top notch dinner, whilst watching the garden grow from the restaurant’s ceiling to floor windows. “Plant, Pick, Plate” is our motto.

    How to find us

    The main entrance to Gordon Castle is situated at the western end of the village of Fochabers on the A96, approximately nine miles east of Elgin and twelve miles west of Keith.
    From Perth, take the north bound A9 to Aviemore, then follow A95, A941 and A96 to Fochabers.

    Location

    Awards

    Historic Houses Garden of the Year 2021

    Highlights

    • 256 espaliered fruit trees and stepovers
    • Herb gardens
    • Works in progress - soft fruit area
    • Children's natural play area
    • Grass maze

    Guided tours

    Guided Tours must be booked in advanced and cost £8 per person (Minimum of 10 people)

    Promotional Themes

    • Herbaceous Borders & Plantings
    • Tree Collection/Champion Trees
    • Edible Gardens and Vegetables in Season
    • Autumn Colour
    • Daffodil Displays
    • Snowdrops
    • Spring bulbs
    • Red Squirrels
    • Woodland Wildlife
    • Walled Garden

    Opening Times

    Wednesday: 10:00 - 16:00 Thursday: 10:00 - 16:00 Friday: 10:00 - 16:00 Saturday: 10:00 - 16:00 Sunday: 10:00 - 16:00 also:

    Garden opening times:
    10:00-16:00
    Café & shop opening times:
    Wednesday - Sunday
    11:00-16:00

    Dates closed

    Please check our website.

    Admission prices

    Adult: £8.00 Concession: £6.00 Membership: Friends card £32 PA, Childminder card £50 PA.

    Facilities

    Shop Car park Accessible parking Toilets Accessible toilets Wheelchair access Accommodation Kids’ play area Dog friendly Events

    Plant shop

    Address

    Gordon Castle Walled Garden
    Fochabers
    Moray
    IV32 7PQ

    Phone

    01343612317
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