Edzell Castle's most striking feature is the walled garden. It is a beautiful arrangement of decorative hedges and flowers. The castle dates from the 1500s. It is located just outside the village of Edzell, about 5 miles north of Brechin, in the Angus region of Scotland.
Here are 5 reasons you should visit:
1. Glorious Garden
The garden is a delight. It was created in 1604 and consists of a very neat arrangement of hedges, some with immaculate patterns. Climb the stairs in the ruined tower to get the best views of the garden and then go for a wander on the perfectly trimmed lawn.
2. Summer House
This is the cutest place you could ever dream of spending summer evenings. That is exactly what the Lindsay family did when the castle was their home and you can go inside to get an idea of what that was like. Do not miss the spiral staircase taking you up to the second floor.
3. The Resident Peacocks
As you explore the grounds of the castle you will have the peacocks to keep you company. They are quite used to people and might even put on a magnificent display of their feathers.
4. Flower Compartments
The walls of the garden have niches that are filled with flower boxes that create a pretty display and enhance the already breathtaking garden.
5. Fine Stone Sculpture
The garden walls are also adorned with stone carvings that portray the Seven Cardinal Virtues, the Seven Liberal Arts and Classical Gods. It is incredible that they have survived in reasonable condition after more than 400 years.
How to get there
Edzell Castle is a 10 mile cycle from Laurencekirk, the closest train station. Or cycle from Montrose station, about 13 miles. My travel feature about cycling to Glen Esk has a map with directions to the castle.
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