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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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  • We found out about this from the very helpful young lady at The Kelpies" visitor centre, it was a little off the beaten track but well worth the visit  more »
  • At the end of the St Andrews Drive is the uniquely designed 18th Century building with accommodation available via The Landmark Trust. The dog friendly area has parking available in the field just bef...  more »
  • This place is so cool! A small path takes you from the main road to a secluded car park. From there you can walk all around. There are very well tended gardens at the front of the building. It's wilde...  more »
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  • 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.