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. Elizabeth Angus August 17, 2015 / 11:08

    Hi Anabel,
    Lovely pictures of Edzell! We visited it some years ago but didn’t meet the peacock. Perhaps he’s a new addition.
    The walled garden is stunning, isn’t it!


    • Anabel Marsh August 17, 2015 / 11:31

      Thank you! It is stunning. There were several peacocks, but this one was the boldest.


  2. lovetotrav August 17, 2015 / 11:26

    Looks perfect…. sweet little niches for flowers and peacocks. You always find something interesting!


    • Anabel Marsh August 17, 2015 / 11:32

      Thanks! Hope you are settling in to your new home – I expect many interesting pictures / stories to come out of that…

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      • lovetotrav August 17, 2015 / 22:30

        Thanks Anabel. Right now the most interesting thing to happen is trying to get from point A (home) to point B (store) to get much needed water!!!

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    • Anabel Marsh August 17, 2015 / 12:26

      Glad you liked it. I’ve run out of gardens to write about at the moment but there are sure to be more soon!

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  3. Heyjude August 18, 2015 / 00:03

    I love a walled garden and this one is pretty, though small. I don’t think it would hold my attention for very long, but a lovely setting and who can resist a peacock!


    • Anabel Marsh August 18, 2015 / 06:41

      Indeed! This peacock was a very handsome fella. Yes, it’s a small site but it was a perfect short stop on our journey. We have membership cards for Historic Scotland properties which is great because we don’t pay for individual visits so we don’t feel the pressure to linger to “get our money’s worth”.


      • Heyjude August 18, 2015 / 12:34

        That’s the bonus of membership, you can just pop into a property for half an hour or so. I was surprised by Scottish castles (in Dumfries & Galloway) as they mostly look like tall houses! Not at all what I imagine to be a castle.


        • Anabel Marsh August 18, 2015 / 12:52

          Tower Houses are common – but we have more castle-y castles too!


            • Anabel Marsh August 18, 2015 / 13:11

              Occasionally one of the smaller tower houses comes on the market and people still live in them. Quite fancy that, except for being in the middle of a field or something!

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  4. megtraveling August 18, 2015 / 00:32

    What a lovely place – it looks so welcoming and serene!


    • Anabel Marsh August 18, 2015 / 06:42

      Thanks, it was, even though it rained while we were there!


    • Anabel Marsh August 18, 2015 / 06:43

      Thanks! Yes, he was there in the car park awaiting us and graciously allowed himself to be photographed.


  5. La Sabrosona August 18, 2015 / 03:04

    Gorgeous photos. Love that garden!


  6. njmagas August 18, 2015 / 14:16

    Wow, that is some wall. I’d take that wall home with me in a suitcase if I could.

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  7. restlessjo August 18, 2015 / 19:13

    Yes, the wall wins it, Anabel! Waiting to see where you get off the ferry 🙂


  8. Birgit August 18, 2015 / 20:12

    Oh this looks so beautiful-I love that garden and agree with you about the walls. It looks like another lovely walk you had. My hubby and I went to St. Mary’s-2 hr drive from where we live but the building there are only from the 1850’s. Love your photos as always


  9. 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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  10. 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.


  11. 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.


  12. 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.


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