Alice in Wonderland topiary staggers across the lawn, bumping into stone globes, marble balls and statues from three centuries. Historical and literary figures are scattered among pleasure gardens first laid out in the 18th century. Both Bonnie Prince Charlie and his father are said to have approached the castle from the longer yew parade, the Kings Walk. There is a marked 15-minute walk down the steep dell to a medieval wishing well (St Peter’s), over a Chinese bridge crossing the Fingask Burn via the Iron Age Fort to Fingask Loch and Sir Stuart’s House, back along another path to the orchard car park (wellies recommended). There are large drifts of snowdrops, daffodils and flowering shrubs depending on the season. Champion Trees: Pinus wallichiana (Japanese maple)
This is a fundraising event for the open garden charity Scotland’s Gardens Scheme which raises money for hundreds of local charities.