The Pineapple, Falkirk

3.6
The Dunmore Pineapple, a folly ranked "as the most bizarre building in Scotland", stands in Dunmore Park, near Airth in Stirlingshire, Scotland.The walled garden at Dunmore ParkDunmore Park, the ancestral home of the Earls of Dunmore, includes a large country mansion, Dunmore House, and grounds which contain, among other things, two large walled gardens. Walled gardens were a necessity for any great house in a northern climate in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, as a high wall of stone or brick helped to shelter the garden from wind and frost, and could create a microclimate in which the ambient temperature could be raised several degrees above that of the surrounding landscape. This allowed the cultivation of fruits and vegetables, and also of ornamental plants, which could not otherwise survive that far north.The larger of the two gardens covers about six acres, located on a gentle south-facing slope. South-facing slopes are the ideal spot for walled gardens and for the cultivation of frost-sensitive plants. Along the north edge of the garden, the slope had probably originally been more steep. To allow both the upper and lower parts of the garden to be flat and level at different heights, it was necessary to bank up the earth on the higher northern side (away from the main house), behind a retaining wall about 16ft high, and 3ft thick, which runs the entire length of the north side of the garden.Walled gardens sometimes included one hollow, or double, wall which contained furnaces, openings along the side facing the garden to allow heat to escape into the garden, and chimneys or flues to draw the smoke upwards. This particularly benefited fruit trees or grape vines that could, if grown within a few feet of a heated, south-facing wall, be grown even further north than the microclimate created by a walled garden would normally allow.
Plan to see The Pineapple and other attractions that appeal to you using our Falkirk trip maker website .
Source
Create an itinerary including The Pineapple
map
The Pineapple Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
163 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Great building with a nice walk around a pond. We managed to get a double buggy round the pond but it's a bit rutted in places with tree roots. Wellies are probably advisable because I expect it can g...  more »
  • explore and enjoy you will not regret it, diamond near us , lovely flowers and trees covering this unique place !!!  more »
  • It may have been a rich man's architectural folly when built but today it is an everyman way to spend a few hours. Great gardens, excellent walks and a stunning building. Money is being spent here but...  more »
Google
  • Cracking walk beautiful gardens and the pineapple House is gorgeous, great photo opportunities
  • Lovely location. Go through the little gate in the wall to the left of the main building and you're in the woods. Follow the path and keep bearing left for a great circular walk that eventually takes you back to the car park.
  • A nice walk out around a nice walled garden
  • The Pineapple is an amazing place to have a holiday - with the beautiful walled garden on the doorstep, and the Dunmore Estate to explore. Splendid!
  • Lovely setting for a holiday. Highly recommended.

Plan your trip to Falkirk

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Falkirk

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Falkirk by other users

3 days in Falkirk BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Falkirk BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 36 days in United Kingdom, Amsterdam & Paris BY A USER FROM CANADA May, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Falkirk BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Falkirk District BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Falkirk BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Falkirk BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Falkirk BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Falkirk BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Falkirk BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans