Backhouse Rossie Estate
Walled Garden with themes of art and science, The Backhouse Rossie Heritage and Education Centre (by appointment), Cafe, Mary Queen of Scots interest, Scotland's Daffodil Festival mid April. The Walled Garden houses the longest interrupted Rose-Archway in Scotland over DNA Pathway. Herbaceous borders, unusual and heritage plants bred or introduced by the families ancestors the Quaker Backhouse horticulturalists includes a National Collection of Narcissus & alpine and heather plantings. An ornamental pond with water feature, Pottager with herbs and cut flowers, old espalier fruit trees, a newly planted orchard, and Victorian Glass house. In the grounds - Artwork, shrubbery walk, interesting fern border, woodland walk to Covenanter's tomb, Family 9 hole putting & short Bear Walk for infants.
How to find us
Off A 91 approx 1.2 miles east of Auchtermuchty at Charlottetown sign turn off onto single track road, then continue approx 300 m. turn right onto gravel drive into Backhouse Rossie estate, continue to car park (speed limits & passing place on estate drive). From the South take M90 north over Forth Road Bridge, turn off at junction 8 onto A91 signed St. Andrews, approx' 1.2 miles east of Auchtermuchty turn right at Charlottetown sign onto single track road, 300 m. approx turn right into gravel driveway then as above. From the North take M90 to Dundee, then follow Tay Bridge signs. Once over the bridge follow A92 towards Kirkcaldy, at the Melville Lodges roundabout turn right onto A91 past Collessie, Charlottetown & Lindores signage, turn off approx 1.2 miles east of Auchtermuchty to Charlottetown onto single track road, in 300 m approx turn into gravel drive then as above.
National Plant Collection of Narcissus - Backhouse cultivars, RHS Partner Garden. Hosts of Scotland's Daffodil Festival mid-April opened by George Anderson MBE, launched by Stephen Gethins SNP MP for NE Fife. Parliamentary Motion 1147 was passed in 2017 with cross party support in the Houses of Parliament at Westminster to recognise the contribution of Backhouse Rossie in hosting Scotland’s Daffodil Festival. Featured on STV. Featured on BBC 2 The Beechgrove Garden. Filmed for Channel 4 series. Various Magazine articles and newspaper articles. RHS Daffodil, Snowdrop and Tulip Yearbook 2016 The Backhouse Rossie Heritage and Education Centre was officially opened by William Rennie MSP Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democratic Party. The launch was supported by Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Herbarium's kind loan of specimens collected by our ancestors
- RHS Partner Garden, Walled Garden, Longest Interupted Rose Archway in Scotland
- Mary Queen of Scots Connection, National Collection of Daffodils, Water Feature
- DNA Pathway, Herbaceous Borders, Pottager, Glass House, Espalier Fruit Trees,
- Walk to Covenanter's Tomb, Wild Garlic Carpet, Ferns, Hostas, Alpines, & Dahlias
- Family 9 Hole Putting, Short Bear Walk for infants, Heritage & Education Centre
Guided tour by prior arrangement please contact us via our website with Group Booking form. Summer and Spring and Daffodil Garden Tours with or without pre-ordered refreshments, offer an introductory talk tailored to your group’s needs, detailing the points of interest in the garden which contains themes of art and science, a brief introduction to the Heritage Centre. Group visitors have freedom to wander around the open areas of the garden with hand held laminated maps detailing points of interest with an opportunity to ask questions, buy plants or gifts and enjoy their pre-ordered refreshments during their visit. Highlights – National Daffodil Collection and Festival, tulips and other spring bulbs, the Longest Interrupted Rose Archway in Scotland over DNA Pathway, Heritage and Unusual Plants, Shade Border, Alpines, Potager with cut flowers and herbs, Water Feature, Mary Queen of Scots.
Please see web site for details www.backhouse.co.uk £4.50 per person. Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm (garden closes at 4pm) with pre-booking form. Spring - Unique National Collection of rare Backhouse Heritage Daffodils and Spring plantings, Wild Garlic carpet, Woodland Daffodil Walk. Summer - Longest Rose Archway in Scotland over DNA Pathway, Iris, Herbaceous Borders, Ornamental Pond, Shrubbery Walk, Woodland Walk to Covenanter's Tomb, Grass Labyrinth, Glass House; Pottager with cut flowers and herbs. Autumn - Fruit Harvest, Dahlias & Nerines
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Volunteering / internships opportunites
Opportunities for Garden Volunteers please see www.backhouserossie.co.uk for full details. The Backhouse Heritage and Education Centre at Rossie Estate, due to increased demand, is extending its offering, funding for refurbishment of a suitable estate building is currently being sought. We are grateful for any donations or helpful information to support this project.
- Herbaceous Borders & Plantings
- Water Gardens
- Rose Gardens
- Edible Gardens and Vegetables in Season
- Autumn Colour
- Daffodil Displays
Opening TimesMonday: Closed Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 10-4 Last Entry 3.30 Thursday: 10-4 Last Entry 3.30 Friday: 10-4 Last Entry 3.30 Saturday: 10-4 Last Entry 3.30 Sunday: 10-4 Last Entry 3.30 also: Groups on application: Group Booking form on website.
Dates closedClosed from 1st October to 31st March each year. Garden not open on Monday & Tuesday but arrangements can be made for groups at times depending on staff availability.
Admission pricesAdult: £5.50 Child: £3.50 Concession: £4.50 Family: £14.00 (2 adults plus 2 children) Group Adult: £4.50 Group Child: £2.50 Membership: £16.50-£40.00 Members: Family Season £40.00
FacilitiesCafé/ Restaurant Car park Toilets Accessible toilets Assistance Dogs Events Partial wheelchair access Partial push chair friendly
AddressBackhouse Rossie Estate Off A91 - 1.2 mile East of Auchtermuchty Fife ,KY15 7UZ
Phone0844 414 5803