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.
Pitmuies Gardens are situated just to the south of Guthrie, in the heart of the Lunan Valley, some 7 miles east of Forfar. The Vinny Water, which runs past the gardens, joins the Lunan at Friockheim, which flows into the North Sea at Lunan Bay. Lunan bay, which is just 7 miles, away is an award winning beach.
Further north, St Cyrus beach is a Nature Reserve. In addition there are red sandstone cliffs at Arbroath, home of the famous smokie. The nearby Balgavies Loch is a Nature Reserve. Other attractions in the area include House of Dun and Barry Mill (National Trust for Scotland), Glamis Castle, Brechin Castle Garden Centre, Trumperton Forge tea room at Letham, Edzell Castle and Gardens, Murton Trust and the beautiful Angus Glens.
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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 .