Megginch Castle Gardens
Megginch Castle Gardens
An attractive mix of formal and informal gardens surround an historic 15th century fortified tower house. The gardens feature a walled garden, formal parterre, clipped topiary, and yew trees thought to be 1000 year old. The Migginch Castle grounds were used in the filming of of Rob Roy, starring Liam Neeson.
The turreted tower house of Megginch Castle was built (or rebuilt) in the late 16th century to a traditional L-plan, though the layout has ben altered and the castle rebuilt several times since then. An inscribed stone bears the date 1575, presumably the date the castle was finished. The builder was probably Peter Hay, who served as Chamberlain to the prestigious monastery at Scone. In 1664 the castle and estate was sold to the Drummond family. The castle was rebuilt by Robert Adam in the 18th century.

The gardens consist of a 19th century formal area, with an ancient orchard and double-walled kitchen garden with a long herbaceous border. The orchard is noteworthy; it has been replanted with old Scottish fruit varieties. The orchard was featured in the BBC Two programme 'Beechgrove Garden'.

Other garden highlights include old yew trees and clipped topiary, including one rather fanciful piece of topiary in the shape of a corona. Look for colourful displays of rhododendrons and daffodils, see an astrological garden, a courtyard holding a dovecote raised on high arches, and a formal parterre with a fountain as its focal point.

The gardens are open on limited days under the Scottish Garden Scheme, or by appointment, with proceeds going to charity. The castle can be visited by pre-booked groups only. Megginch is listed by Historic Scotland in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland.