Gardens of Angus

Gardens in Scotland are in full bloom. We took a Day Trip to visit a couple of stunning gardens in Angus …

Pitmuies Garden is between Forfar and Arbroath on the A932 at Guthrie.   This beautiful garden is looking fabulous.  We’ve written before about the history of the Garden.  There is something for everyone – semi-formal walled gardens beside the 18th century house and river and lochside walks.   You can take a picnic along to the Loch and spend time playing in the woods.    One of the leaflets that you can pick up at the entrance is from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.  Pitmuies are clearly doing a fabulous job as the sound of buzzing is intense around some of the flowering trees – it really was quite noisy!  Pitmuies is open every day from 10 – 5pm from April to October.



Our next visit was to Gallery Garden which is off the A90 heading towards Montrose.  Gallery Garden is open every Tuesday from 1 – 5pm.   It is stunning and well worth a visit.   We met Ron Stephens who has been the head gardener there for the past 19 years.   He has created a magnificent garden based on Veronica Adams’ outstanding designs on which the plant selection and planting plans are based.  The late wife – Anne – of the garden’s owner, Mr Simpson – was a fellow student of Veronica’s at the Ruskin School of Art and played the leading part in the garden’s revival.

There is a really informative leaflet with all the history of the garden: pick up a copy and enjoy it as you explore. Gardeners will find it fascinating. Non-gardeners will find it a paradise. It is one of the prettiest and most peaceful gardens we’ve visited. We loved the changing themes in the different areas. We were particularly taken with the White Garden where we could have taken far longer to sit, soak up the peaceful surrounding and put the world to rights.  Finally, we loved the way the wall of the Barn is being used to complement each of the sections.   The Garden is going to feature soon in Country Life: get there before the crowds do!

Pitmuies & Gallery Gardens are just a couple of the Angus Gardens.  In the area, you can also visit the Dunninald Gardens near Laurencekirk – and check out this link to Scotland’s Gardens for many more that are open this summer.


Staying in the area?

There’s great self-catering available at West Mains of Kinblethmont – a perfect base.

Visit House of Dun, the Caledonian Railway and, on the coast, eat delicious fruits at East Scryne Fruit Farm.