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New for 2023

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Gordon Castle
IV32 7PQ

Main entrance is situated at the western end of the village of Fochabers. Approximately 9 miles east of Elgin and 12 miles west of Keith.

8 acres

 01343 612312

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Opening Hours

Please see website for opening dates and times.


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies Thur only when open.


  • Accessible facilities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Gift shop
  • Parking
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets


  • Colour themed borders
  • Glasshouse (open to public)
  • Herbaceous border

About the garden

Owned by
Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox

New for 2023: A hidden gem situated between the River Spey and the Moray Coast, Gordon Castle Walled Garden is one of Scotland’s best-kept secrets. At 8 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 tranquillity, 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. There are 259 fan-trained fruit trees that adorn the brick walls, including the historic Gordon Castle plum and another 700 stepover and espaliered trees, along with a recently planted cherry orchard.

Large vegetable beds are interspersed with colourful and beneficial companion plants, and four colour-themed cut flower beds provide scented inspiration for any visitor. A soft fruit garden showcases the many different berries that Scotland is famous for, and a grass maze creates an interesting walk to a pear sculpture at the centre.

Open all year round, relax in the peaceful surroundings and see the gardeners hard at work, digging, sowing, hoeing and harvesting. Try delicious freshly-picked produce in the café or browse a range of more than 200 products in the shop, all based on the plants grown or inspired by the estate. With a wonderful natural play area and seasonal garden trails, there is plenty for children to see and enjoy as well.

Plants of special interest

  • Alliums
  • Cut flowers
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Herbs
  • Lavender
  • Sweet peas
  • Vegetables
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.