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Edzell Castle

Overview

Edzell Castle is most notable for its Renaissance styled walled garden. The walls of the garden contain recesses for plants and are decorated with large carvings that depict the 7 virtues on one side and the 7 sins on the other.

Edzell castle gardens feature a very symmetric layout of neatly clipped hedges. When viewed from the castle tower you can see that the hedgerows are arranged so that they spell out the Lindsay family motto, "Dum Spiro Spero, Endure Forte." This translates as "While I breathe I hope, to endure bravely"

Edzell Castle is, apart from the gardens, mainly in ruins and there is not a great deal for the visitor to see. You can still climb up 2 levels of the spiral staircase of the 16th century tower house and you get the best views of the garden from here. The spiral staircase ends very abruptly at the top withe the last few steps missing, but there is a barrier so children should be safe.

Edzell Castle, like so many others in Scotland, was briefly visited by Mary Queen of Scots on the 23/24 August 1562. She did like to travel it seems!

The other distinctive feature of Edzell Castle is the very pink sandstone from which it is constructed. Apparently, the original castle walls would have been covered with a form of rough plaster, but that has now fallen away to reveal a very neat construction of red sandstone boulders.

The nearby village of Edzell is also worthy of a mention as it is a very quaint looking collection of houses with a few local shops and a nice hortel/pub.

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Address:

Edzell, near Brechin, DD9 7UE

Operated by:

Historic Environment Scotland

Opening Hours:

1 April - 30 September: Monday to Sunday, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (last entry at 5pm) October - March: Closed

Admission:

Adult £ 6.00, Child £ 3.60, Senior £ 4.80

Parking:

Yes

Languages:

English guidebooks and a few information boards in the grounds

Accessibility:

Wheelchair access is feasible in most areas, but the courtyard of the castle is roughly cobbled and not suitable. The gardens are wheelchair accessible

Toilets:

Yes

Shop:

Yes

Cafe/Restaurant:

No, but the shop sells drinks and ice creams.

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