Edzell Castle

Edzell Castle and Garden
Edzell Castle and Garden

Edzell Castle was built by the Lindsay family in the 16th century, with its beautiful walled garden added around 1604 (then restored in the 1930s). It’s had some famous guests – Mary Queen of Scots in 1562 (though can there be a Scottish castle she didn’t visit?) and her son, James VI, in 1580 and 1589. Unfortunately, mounting debts forced the Lindsays to sell up in 1715. Today, Edzell is run by Historic Scotland and has to put up with less famous visitors such as ourselves. They still send out a welcome party though – an unusually co-operative peacock who almost posed for his picture (though kept his tail unfanned).

My favourite part was the garden walls which included little niches for flowers….

…. and heraldic sculptures and carved panels representing the Liberal Arts.

The garden itself looked best from above:

Garden from the castle
Garden from the castle

Edzell is in Perthshire, just north of Brechin and Montrose. We stopped off on our way to Aberdeen to catch a ferry – there’ll be much more on our destination to follow…..

37 thoughts on “Edzell Castle

  1. Lemonpath September 6, 2015 / 10:40

    Such a lovely small castle and beautiful gardens. Unfortunately I have never been to Scotland!


    • Anabel Marsh September 6, 2015 / 11:27

      Maybe some day you will! Thanks for all the likes and tweets.


  2. Denzil August 21, 2015 / 05:43

    Love the niched garden wall; super for nesting birds such as wagtails.


    • Anabel Marsh August 21, 2015 / 07:35

      It is beautiful – and I’ve never seen another quite like it.


  3. Donna August 20, 2015 / 15:31

    I love seeing all these old castles! The walled garden, with its plaques, is so lovely. How fun to see a peacock too! I wouldn’t imagine that there are very many of them wandering around castle grounds in Scotland, but maybe I’m wrong.


    • Anabel Marsh August 20, 2015 / 16:02

      Actually, they aren’t uncommon – but usually a lot more stand-offish than this one.


  4. Alex Hurst August 19, 2015 / 00:49

    That really is some lovely architecture. I love all the care that was put into each element. I need to go there someday and just see all of the lovely castles!! Heaven.


    • Anabel Marsh August 19, 2015 / 07:35

      Yes – it would be possible to have a wonderful Scottish holiday visiting nothing but castles. Though not all of them have roofs to protect you from the weather…….

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