Visit the Walled Garden
Update: December 23 2020
Café will be closed from Christmas eve 4pm until further notice.
The Walled Garden office will be closed from Christmas eve 4pm until the 5th January.
The garden will be open for people to walk around in between Christmas and new year 28th – 31st December and then back open 5 days a week from the 4th January. While the café is closed there will be no snow ploughing of the drive and no access to Loos.
A hidden gem situated between the River Spey and the Moray Coast, our Walled Garden is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets. At almost eight acres in size it is one of the oldest and largest kitchen gardens in Britain and has been lovingly restored to its former glory with a modern design by world famous designer Arne Maynard. An oasis of peace and tranquility, the garden is also a hive of activity. Constantly tended by a small team of dedicated gardeners, a myriad of herbs, cut flowers, fruit and vegetables are grown within its ancient walls making the garden as beautiful as it is productive.
Open all year round, come and relax in the peaceful surroundings and see our gardeners hard at work, digging, sowing, hoeing and harvesting. Try delicious freshly picked produce in our award-winning café or browse a range of over 200 products in our shop, all based on the plants we grow or inspired by the Gordon Castle Estate. With a wonderful natural play area and seasonal garden trails, there is plenty for children to see and enjoy as well. To learn more about what goes on in this magical walled garden please visit our blog or see below.
Opening Times and Admission Prices
April – October: 10am – 4pm every day. £6/£5 concessions, under 16s free. Play area: £3 per child
November – March: 10am – 4pm every day. £3/£2 concessions, under 16s free. Play area: £2 per child
Friends of the walled garden card £25 per year – purchase here
For further information visit here
You can download a free audio tour of the garden from Candide to your mobile phone. This app is available to all and included in garden entry. Guided tours must be booked in advance and are available for groups of 10 or more at no extra cost. Please contact Ed our Head Gardener at firstname.lastname@example.org to book a guided tour.
The main entrance to Gordon Castle Walled Garden is situated at the western end of the village of Fochabers on the A96, approximately nine miles east of Elgin and twelve miles west of Keith. Coming from Elgin, once you pass Baxters take the next right at the roundabout then first left through the castle arches. From Keith, take the first exit at the roundabout into Fochabers and follow through the village until you see the arches on your right hand side. From Perth, take the north bound A9 to Aviemore, then follow A95, A941 and A96 to Fochabers. Our address is Gordon Castle Walled Garden, Fochabers, Moray IV32 7PQ.
*Top tip – being in the Scottish Highlands postcodes tend to cover a large radius so please don’t rely on your SatNav to get you here! If you get lost or aren’t sure don’t worry, just call us on 01343 612317 and we will do our best to help.
All areas of the garden, shop and café are accessible for those with restricted mobility or wheelchair users.
Free entry is provided for essential carers accompanying visitors whose disability necessitates their support.
Please note that the walled garden is open to the public but the castle itself is not.