Visit to Backhouse at Rossie Estate

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Kingdom of Fife Group

About the Event

2pm to 4.30pm, Wednesday 3 July 2019

This event is an opportunity to take a Walk Through History at Rossie Estate.

Discover fascinating facts, explore ancient worlds and find out about the Loch that disappeared. Established in 1816 and once known as the Kew of the North this is the home of the National Daffodil Collection. Backhouse’s have a long history of moving to a place that suits them and working away to bring something good to the area. It is no coincidence, with their family ties and Quaker connections, that they first looked to Scotland to find a suitable place for a nursery. This first ambition, all those years ago, has now been achieved by the 6th generation.

Please come and see the walled garden and find out about the family forebears and connections to Darwin and Mary Queen of Scots in the Backhouse Rossie Heritage and Educational Centre with cafe for you to enjoy a Barista coffee or tea and cake and when available, lemon tea and biscuits contain Backhousia citriodora a scented lemon myrtle introduced by James Backhouse in the 1800’s. 

In summer the metal arches are covered by white, rambling Rosa City of York, a reference to the Backhouse Nursery, which had its origins in York. Within the south-west quarter an orchard is planted with historic varieties of apple and plum trees. A potager in the north-west quarter contains cut flowers, the daffodil collection and vegetables, which are grown following the principles of bio dynamics. In the grounds are the remains of a Covenanter’s tomb which agile visitors who wish to scale the two stone styles are welcome to visit.

The estate is off the beaten track so some more specific directions are included, please see below:

• From Edinburgh take the M90 and turn off at Junction 8 to St Andrews signed to the A91, go through Gateside and Auchtermuchty. 

• On leaving the village Rossie’s woodland can be seen in the distance to the right hand side. 

• Proceed for approximately 1 1/4 miles, there is a right hand turn signed to Charlottetown 1 ½ miles. Take this right turn. 

• Carry on down this road for approximately 1/4 mile and at first right, turn right into estate middle drive, cobbled edges and an avenue of lime trees. 

• Follow this track and take first left turn in to the car park, park and walk south 50m to the garden entrance and cafe.

Let's meet outside the cafe for an introductory talk from the owners at 2pm.

We are looking forward to seeing you all there.


Last year prices:

Adult £5

Concession £4

Child 5-16 £3

Family 2+2 or 1+3 £12.

Groups (min 8) £4 




Rossie Estate, by Collessie, Ladybank, KY15 7UZ


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