Glamis Castle – Storm’s Review
Glamis Castle has recently opened its gardens and grounds for walks, so we sent our Explorer Storm to see how they were getting on since the pandemic and what measures were in place.
Hi everyone, Storm here! I was so excited to share my experience at Glamis Castle with you all this weekend. So many new things have been put into place since the pandemic and we want to make sure you have a smooth sailing experience.
First of all, you need to obtain your tickets online in advance and book your slot. They have these in half-hour slots, you pick your slot and turn up, it’s easy as that. While walking through the grounds and gardens you must keep your dog on the lead, but it’s well worth it for the scenery around you. Overall, Glamis Castle is cashless so if you would like some food from the hub then remember your card.
The website has the following guidance in regard to keeping your safe:
They promise to keep you feeling safe by:
- Giving a warm welcome at a distance
- Patrolling our site to monitor guest activity
- Using one-way systems
- Our staff will wear gloves and use screens at pay kiosks
- Operating a cashless system
- Takeaway catering for you to enjoy outside and throughout the gardens to reduce the impact of inside space exposure.
What they ask of you in return to show you care:
- Keep two metres away from other guests
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds after using facilities
- Use the hand sanitiser dispensers at every opportunity
After booking your confirmation, you will be sent a map to show you the gardens and the one-way system that is currently in place. See the map below
Here are some pictures of the protective measures in place too.
You can choose to do as many or as little of the walks as you choose. We did The Italian Gardens (RED) The Pinetum (Green) which also features the MacBeth Trail something not to be missed and we went into the Walled Garden.
The website tells you all about the gardens if you wish to do some extra research before heading round.
The Italian Gardens
The Italian Garden is situated to the East of the castle and was laid out by Countess Cecilia, the Queen Mother’s mother. The garden itself is bounded by Yew Hedges and includes a raised terrace between two small gazebos, from which can be seen fan-shaped parterres of formal beds separated by gravel walks. Other features include alleys of Beech, a stone fountain and ornamental gates which commemorate the HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s 80th birthday. While in the garden keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife; you may find butterflies, bees, pheasants and squirrels.
This walk is 400m the car park, wheelchair accessible and its estimated to take you 10-15mins.
You can see below some photos of the stunning features of the Italian Gardens.
The Pinetum/ MacBeth Trail
The Pinetum is full huge pine trees a number of the trees in the Pinetum are the tallest examples of their species in the country, and you can choose to just walk through and enjoy the trees or you can choose to weave through the trees and the grass. We decided to go through the trail. If you’re a fan of MacBeth or William Shakespeare, then this is something you need to see. They have seven iconic scenes sculpted out of oak, Douglas fir and Noble fir trees all which were grown on the Glamis Estate. The work is truly incredible and if you know the play you will know the scenes but don’t worry if you’re not familiar each one has a plaque explaining each carving.
This walk is 700m from the car park and is wheelchair accessible its estimated to take you 20-25 mins to walk this route.
You can see some of our photos below from the MacBeth Trail.
The Walled Garden
Sadly, up until 5 years ago the Walled Garden had fallen into disuse but in 2015 the 18th Earl and the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, started a major redevelopment with new flower beds being planted, water features including a Monet style bridge over an ornamental pond and a large central fountain were added. The garden itself couldn’t look better there are lots of fruit and veg that can be found within the walls. Keep a look out for: Raspberries, Apples, Plums, Strawberries, Grapes, Pumpkins, Carrots, Cabbages and so much more. This one was definitely our favourite of all the ones we visited.
This walk is wheelchair accessible and you get to the walled garden by going through the Italian and Macbeth trail or you can take the nature trail. With the one way system in place it will take you and estimated 30-35 mins taking the nature trail and it is 1000m from the car park.
We didn’t personally do this trail our self but got in touch with the local Ambassadog for Glamis Castle. @mickey_labrador told us that the nature trail consists of many paths and tracks surrounding the castle. If you have children this may be a good one for them as they can keep an eye out for animals like deer, squirrels, bees, butterflies, kingfishers, otters and many more.
All walks end back at the car park, where you can head to the hub for a takeaway bite to eat in the courtyard or if you have children you can head over to play area. Overall this is a thoroughly good day out and Glamis Castle has put every measure in to help keep you save during these unprecedented times so don’t skip over Glamis Castle for your next outing.