Gardens to visit in Fife

April 5, 2019

There is no better time to explore Fife’s gardens than Spring when they are in full bloom. From beds of colourful tulips to vibrant displays of rhododendrons and delicate blossoms, it’s easy to lose yourself in the tranquillity of the many, beautiful grounds and gardens on offer in Fife.

We have rounded up some of the best gardens to visit at this time of year and included any additional activities or events which make them a fantastic day out for the whole family.

ST ANDREWS BOTANIC GARDEN
Covers 18 acres and has a great collection of plants, trees and shrubs. It has a pond and rockery as well as greenhouses to explore. The Water Garden comprises a series of falls, pools and ponds starting in the rock garden.
Open daily
April – September 10am – 6pm
Disabled access – yes
Dogs – no
Refreshments – yes

The gardens of Cambo Country House

 

CAMBO GARDENS
Cambo’s 2.5 acre walled garden is part of Cambo Country House & Estate and dates from the 1800’s. The team endeavour to create areas of year-round interest which means the garden is constantly developing and innovating. Planting is informal but has lots of colour which is at its best in late Summer. The gardens are one of our recommended visits in Spring when snowdrops carpet the woodlands and in May for the Lilac walk.
Open daily
From 1st February- 10am – 5pm
Disabled access – yes
Dogs – on a lead
Refreshments – yes

HILL OF TARVIT GARDENS
The Hill of Tarvit is a 20th-century mansion house and gardens. The gardens were designed by Sir Robert Lorimer who lived at Kellie Castle and are today owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The gardens have formal lawns and a sunken rose garden and from the semi walled garden to the north you can follow the paths to the hilltop viewpoint and the wider estate. The gardens are definitely worth seeing if combined with a visit to the House where you can discover an interesting record of life in an Edwardian mansion. There are period parlour games as well as croquet on the lawn and Kingarrock Golf Course, an original 9 hole hickory club course is a big draw.
Open daily
From 1st February- 9am – dusk
Disabled access – yes
Dogs – yes
Refreshments – yes

Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland, it doesn’t matter if your interest lies in nature, gardens, arts & crafts or fine interiors, you can find it all here. Dating back to the 14th century, the castle was saved from ruin in the late 19th century by famous artistic and architect family, the Lorimers. The walled garden was thought to have been tended by Louise Lorimer and many of the roses which still survive were chosen by her in the late 1800’s. Today the walled garden is divided into many sections and as well as vegetables, there are many roses, herbaceous plants, and rare vegetable varieties. Flowers from the garden are cut regularly and used in the castle.
Open daily
From 1st February- 9am – dusk
Disabled access – partial
Dogs – no
Refreshments – yes

FALKLAND PALACE
Set in the picturesque village of Falkland, it is a royal palace of the Scottish Kings. Today it is under the stewardship of the Marquess of Bute, who delegates most of his duties to The National Trust for Scotland. Extensive gardens run to the south of the Palace, complete with glasshouses, and Falkland is also home to Britain’s oldest Royal Tennis Court, built in 1539. There are an abundance of flowering shrubs and trees in the Spring and the adjoining orchard is full of apple blossom, which makes an ideal spot for a picnic.
Opening Times
1 Nov–28 Feb 2019, closed
Mar–31 May, Mon–Sat, 11.00–17.00; Sun 12.00–17.00
1 Jun–31 Aug, Mon–Sat 10.00–17.00; Sun 12.00–17.001
Sep–31 Oct, Mon–Sat, 11.00–17.00; Sun 12.00–17.001
Nov–29 Feb 2020, closed
Disabled access – restricted
Dogs – no (except assistance dogs)
Refreshments – yes

Phil Harper at work in Rufflets Kitchen Garden

If you are staying at Rufflets, make sure you take a stroll around our grounds too. The gardens have won many national awards over the years. Rufflets’ gardens are the venue for outdoor wedding ceremonies  throughout the spring and summer months. The secluded setting of the lower garden and terrace provide a matchless backdrop for such an occasion.

At the beginning of 2018, Rufflets undertook a project to extend the existing kitchen garden which now supplies a large part of the fresh produce that is used by our kitchen team. Guests can take a wander and chat to the gardening team about what is in season and see first hand where our home-grown fruit and vegetables begin their remarkable journey from plot to plate.

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