Ellon Castle Gardens Trust
Visiting Ellon Castle Gardens is hard to encapsulate in a few words. It is such a tranquil place that as you walk round, you feel the blanket of your worries lifted. Then a little red squirrel runs across your path and scampers up one of the ancient yew trees. There are 19 yew trees altogether and this is believed to be one of the largest collection of ancient English Yews. They are at least 500 years old and perhaps were there in the 1200s when the monks from Deer Monastery came to Ellon for training.
Turn another corner and be amazed at the ruins of the ancient castle of Ardgith, built by Jo Kennedy, High Constable of Aberdeen in the early 1400s, home to Baillie James Gordon who set out the garden in 171, and to the third Earl of Aberdeen and his mistress Penelope Dering. As the story unfolds of bloody feuds, murder, romance smuggling through an underground passage and the connections with Queen Victoria, you will be enthralled.