Glamis CastleSeptember 7th 2022
Glamis Castle near Forfar has been the ancestral seat of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne since 1372. The castle sits in the Vale of Strathmore and behind it the Angus Glens carve deep fissures into the eastern slopes of the Cairngorms.
The castle has witnessed many tumultuous moments in history but today it is a peaceful site, surrounded by beautiful parkland and with gardens that are at their very best in late summer.
The walled garden is a mass of tall perennials and bedding plants. The centrepiece here is a large fountain and there is also a Monet-inspired bridge, while the espaliered apple trees that line the walls are laden with ripening fruit. There are vegetables too and these are used in both the cafe and the castle.
The Italian Garden is a more formal space, but this too is filled with bright flowers, while the nature trails that wend their way across the estate offer visitors the chance to enjoy huge conifers in the pinetum, discover local wildlife and admire sculptures of the characters in Shakespeare’s telling of Macbeth, which was inspired by Glamis Castle.
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