Description: Balcarres House has been owned by the Lindsay family since the late 16th century and each generation has made their mark on the house and gardens. The formal gardens with their magnificent yew hedges and terraces were laid out by Sir Coutts Lindsay in the 1870s. Since then other changes have been made but the largest impact has come from the late Lady Crawford. She has been the inspiration for the garden and the driving force of much of what has been created in the past fifty years. The gardens come into their own in early summer with the Rose Garden in full bloom with a variety of Hybrid Teas and climbing roses such as Blairi II, Shropshire Lad & Lady Hillingdon. Herbaceous borders are bursting into life with a variety of geranium, astrantia, viola, oriental poppies and aquilegia. The Woodland & Chapel Walks will also be at their best with many different hostas, smilacina, and other diverse plants, shrubs and trees. Enjoy the walks to the Sawmill Pond planting, the Den and the Balcarres Craig.This year, Balcarres will be opening the Garden in support of the RNLI in Anstruther. We are particularly aiming the opening towards children and families. The RNLI will be arranging a Lifeboat Treasure Hunt throughout the garden and all the children will need to keep an eye out for “Stormy Sam” the Station Mascot! There will also be Water Safety demonstrations in the RNLI Gazebo together with a number of kids' activities.
Designed Landscape: http://portal.historicenvironment.scot/designation/GDL00036
Directions: Half-a-mile north of Colinsburgh off A942. Bus to Colinsburgh.