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The Pineapple, Falkirk

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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.
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  • What a lovely surprise. We saw this depicted at the Falkirk infographic and thought, of course we HAVE to go see this pineapple! What an interesting place. They should have a little live music and fru...  more »
  • It was a place where they grew pineapples in glass houses, Its a nice place to have picnics and I would come back here again.  more »
  • Impressive stone sculpted structure with a few info boards giving its history. Part of the main structure has been refurbed and converted to impressive holiday lodges. The gardens in front of the Pine...  more »
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  • Beautiful old gardens on the Dunmore Estate. The pineapple building itself has a cosy livingroom, dining table, kitchen and 2 2 lovely bedrooms.
  • Beautiful. Next time we might rent the lodge and stay for a week.
  • Amazing mad place to stay, can be hard to find as the map and instructions are a bit off if your heading to the house turn right at the cottage and follow the trail through the woods it will take you to the gate of the pineapple.The area can be very muddy if youve got to get out and open the gate.
  • Absolutely brilliant and the best historical place I've been to and have been going there for as long as I can remember
  • Interesting place to go for a quick visit, but nothing much to see. Might be good to go for a walk around the area, but it was quite muddy because of the rain