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Dig for Victory!

Dig for Victory!

March 24, 2020

It seems the whole world has been turned upside down this spring, but outside nature carries on as normal, the birds are singing, the grass is growing and the first green shoots of spring are beginning to appear. It’s hard to resist listening to the radio or continually checking my phone for the latest news … Read More

Spring Recipes from the Garden

Spring Recipes from the Garden

March 2, 2020

Liz Ashworth, author of our Walled Garden Recipe Book, has written some spring recipes using season produce currently in the garden. We hope you enjoy and if you make any of the recipes please share your pictures with us.  “The garden looks bare just now, inert perhaps, but underground things it is a different story. … Read More

Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes

Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes

February 25, 2020

APPLE + CINNAMON PANCAKES Taken from our Walled Garden recipe book (available for £5) written by Liz Ashworth This recipe was inspired by German friend Gisela’s Mutti when I went on a visit to Munster many years ago. Makes 8 to 10 pancakes 115g (4oz) self raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 level teaspoon … Read More

Coping With Climate Change

Coping With Climate Change

January 29, 2020

Believe it or not I’ve had to add mowing to our list of jobs this month. Who’d have thought our visitors would be enjoying sunshine, warmth and the smell of freshly cut grass at the beginning January! Trying to deal with the unpredictable weather is a huge challenge for gardeners, but it hasn’t always been … Read More

From Sweden With Love

From Sweden With Love

January 16, 2020

Today’s guest blog comes from Carina Olander who stayed with us last summer when she and her colleague Anna Truelsen were writing an feature about Gordon Castle for swedish magazine Gods Och Gardar. My name is Carina Olander and I am a photographer from Sweden. In August 2018 my work for a Swedish interior magazine … Read More

Looking over 2019

Looking over 2019

December 23, 2019

It hardly seems possible that another year is coming to an end and we have certainly packed in a huge amount over the last 12 months across the whole estate and Walled Garden. From the fishing to the castle, the cottages to the garden, from the professional to the personal, it has been a busy … Read More

Tips for the Christmas Kitchen

Tips for the Christmas Kitchen

November 26, 2019

Here are some top tips from local Author Liz Ashworth about how to make your Christmas meal extra special. Liz Ashworth has been involved with, and written about food for over 40 years. She is passionate about preserving our Scottish Food heritage and promoting local food producers whenever she can. Author of over fifteen cookery … Read More

Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

October 29, 2019

As I walked through Fochabers my way into work this morning I couldn’t help but notice that autumn is coming early this year. Skeins of geese are appearing among the all too familiar rain clouds, the light is beginning to mellow out and there is a definite chill in the air. The beech and birch … Read More

So long Summer

So long Summer

September 16, 2019

The season is turning and quite frankly I’ll be glad to see the back of a pretty gloomy summer! We should be busy harvesting plums as I write this, but we’ve had the worst crop in years. The combination of a dry spring followed by a cold and wet summer has hit the trees hard … Read More

Farewell August…

Farewell August…

August 29, 2019

August is always a good month in the garden, the beds are full, visitors are streaming through the gates and the gardeners are happy. Harvesting is the biggest job at this time of year, it can be hard to keep up with the demand for fresh peas, new potatoes, kale, beetroot and salad leaves for … Read More

Blooming Success for Flower Weekend

Blooming Success for Flower Weekend

August 20, 2019

Hundreds flocked to Gordon Castle Walled Garden in Fochabers last weekend (17th & 18th August) for the Flower Farmers Big Weekend. Part of a nationwide initiative launched by Flowers from the Farm, there were over 100 events across Britain celebrating home-grown flowers. The initiative aims to encourage both florists  and consumers to consider home-grown varieties. … Read More

The invasion of the slugs

The invasion of the slugs

July 22, 2019

The invasion of the slugs It seems unusual to me to be working in a woolen jumper and thick overcoat during July, but then I’ve only been in Scotland for four years and I’m coming to expect almost anything from the weather this far north. The plants in the Walled Garden are as disgruntled as … Read More

From the Highlands, with love

From the Highlands, with love

June 18, 2019

Swapping toasty climates for a cool Highland breeze, Emily and Ian joined us all the way from Florida last June. Although from the US, Emily and her husband Ian had spent a great deal of time in Elgin while working out of Lossiemouth with the RAF. It was during this time that the Highlands became … Read More

The Diversity of Life

The Diversity of Life

May 30, 2019

The Diversity of Life One of the benefits of working as a gardener is that you have to time to notice changes and rhythms in the natural world. This year we’ve seen a big increase in the numbers of both insects and birds in the garden. We’ve been invaded by ladybirds! A mild winter and … Read More

All thanks to Charlie | Real Life Wedding

All thanks to Charlie | Real Life Wedding

April 3, 2019

October is one of our favourite wedding seasons at Gordon Castle –  full of colour and gorgeous sun-kissed evenings. When Phil and Katie were married here on 27th October 2018, their day was no exception. Surrounded by close friends and family, it was a weekend-long celebration. Pre-wedding celebrations began on the Friday by taking full … Read More

Our favourite annual event is back…

Our favourite annual event is back…

March 29, 2019

Our favourite annual event is back…   From caber tossing to equestrian stunt riders, Gordon Setter gatherings to chainsaw displays; the Gordon Castle Highland Games and Country Fair returns on Sunday 19th May 2019 with an eclectic mix of entertainment for all the family. Entering its ninth year, the annual Fochabers Games looks set to … Read More

First Day Of Spring

First Day Of Spring

March 20, 2019

First Day of Spring It looks as though spring has sprung early this year, our apricot trees came into flower almost six weeks earlier than last year and we’ve already enjoyed a spectacular display from the crocus. The buds on the apple and pear trees are on the brink of bursting and we’ve already seen … Read More

Mother’s Day Dark Chocolate Cheesecake | Recipe

Mother’s Day Dark Chocolate Cheesecake | Recipe

March 5, 2019

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, there’s no better way to show how much you care than by making some delicious chocolatey goodness. Feet up, cup of tea and one of these dark chocolate cheesecakes, and you’ll be Mum’s favourite all year round.   Our head chef Dylan has rustled up one of his … Read More

Castle Gordon By Robert Burns

Castle Gordon By Robert Burns

January 25, 2019

The 4th Duke and his wife, the celebrated beauty and society hostess, Jane Maxwell, entertained many important guests at Gordon Castle during the 18th century, including Robert Burns who wrote a poem ‘Castle Gordon’ by way of a thank you for the hospitality he had received. Castle Gordon Streams that glide in orient plains, Never … Read More

Starting 2019 as we mean to go on

Starting 2019 as we mean to go on

January 18, 2019

As another year comes around, we’re all busier than ever in the walled garden, planning, pruning and ploughing, trying to make the most of this mild winter before the freezing weather arrives. The building work continues, Davie our landscape gardener has his work cut out laying paths and metal edges around our cherry orchard and … Read More