Most visitors begin their tour of Pitmuies in the first walled garden which provides fruit and vegetables for the house.Here some very old apple and pear trees have been joined by two quinces.
The Black Loch
The drive beyond the house lures you down to the Black Loch, where a broad grass walk leads round among the trees, rhododendrons and azaleas. Between the loch and the Policy Field are planted a variety of exotic rowans and maples noted for their autumn colours, many of them raised from wild seed collected in Oregon and Japan.
This is part of the garden where, on a quiet day, you may see rooks, red squirrels, swans, ducks or even a stately heron standing at the loch-side.
Through the gate at the foot of the garden is a small meadow, formerly a drying and bleaching green for the chapel-like “gothick” wash-house, built over 200 years ago.
Pitmuies has known three periods – the first of a house recorded in the late 1500s. Remains of that house, with its worn stone spiral staircase faces south over the garden. The grander west facing front is believed to date from 1680's .