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National Trust for Scotland

Cafe, in East Neuk of Fife

Three of the National Trust for Scotland’s Fife properties, at Falkland Palace, Hill of Tarvit Estate, and Kellie Castle all have strong links to the land and locally grown food, and they are a magnet for visitors.
The superb Kellie Castle dates from the 14th century, and its gardens, orchard and estate have been run organically for the last 17 years, avoiding the use of poisons and chemicals. The property has a busy tearoom which uses garden produce wherever possible; and visitors are also able to buy seasonal freshly harvested fruit or vegetables grown in the garden and sold in the summerhouse that Sir Robert Lorimer designed as a young architect, as well as in the Castle shop.
Hill of Tarvit nestles on a hillside near Cupar, and was remodelled in 1906 by the Scottish architect Sir Robert Lorimer for the Sharp family. He also designed the gardens, with formal lawns, yew hedging, flowering borders and a sunken rose garden. The estate has orchards and a kitchen garden, and a tearoom operates in summer.
The Royal Palace of Falkland, built between 1501 and 1541 and set in the heart of a unique medieval village, was the country residence and hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs, including Mary, Queen of Scots. The palace orchard, of the largest in the care of the National Trust for Scotland, remains in its original site from the 17th century. There is a large selection of fruit trees, including apple, pear, plum and cherry. From the orchard visitors can enjoy a lovely view of the Palace and village, with East Lomond hill providing a scenic backdrop.

Image courtesy of National Trust for Scotland.


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Kellie Castle
KY10 2RF
Tel: 01333 720271
Email: robrown@nts.org.uk
Web: www.nts.org.uk

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