13 August 2019: Day 3 of our Grand Tour of Scotland : Part 3

Good day everyone,

Hope you are all still safe and healthy. Here in Cape Town, we are freezing our buds off. My hands feel like two ice cubes.

Our next stop was Aberdour Castle and Gardens. It was spectacular, and this was the first castle we visited on our Grand Tour of Scotland. Nordic Visitor arranged for explorer passes with Historic Scotland. This enables us to visit a wide range of places without standing in queues at ticket counters.

After getting our pass activated, we could go and explore. The only thing Dad wanted to explore was the shop and restaurant… But I got him to walk with me through the garden and grounds.

Map of Aberdour Castle and Gardens

We had to walk through the Walled Garden to get to St. Fillan’s Church. It took me a while to get to St Fillan’s Church there were just too many beautiful flowers to capture…

Walled Garden

I borrowed some information from the St. Fillans Churches website.

“St Fillan’s Church is one of Scotland’s finest examples of simple Norman architecture. To the south, it overlooks Aberdour Harbour; to the north and west, it is sheltered by the high wall of Aberdour Castle Garden; to the east, what was the Castle kitchen garden as early as 1390 St Fillan is mentioned as the church’s patron saint.

The entrance to the church and its old cemetery is from Hawkcraig Road along Kirk Wynd. On the right, the top of the Wynd is a door to the Castle grounds, above which the monogram of William, Earl of Morton, and his wife, Lady Anne, dated 1632. Further down the Wynd, on the left, is a collection of badly weathered old gravestones, some dating from the seventeenth century.

Initially, St Fillan’s consisted simply of a nave and the chancel, lit by deeply splayed windows, and remains much as it was in the 12th century. Sockets for the rood screen can still be seen.

The dedication to St Fillan probably came about through the influence of Robert I (the Bruce), who gave Aberdour to his close friend and supporter Thomas Randolph Earl of Moray. St Fillan was the king’s favorite saint and is credited with helping the Scots win the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

In the 15th century, the church was enlarged by adding the south aisle. This involved an arcade supported by the three pseudo-Norman pillars and lowering the floor to its present level.

St. Fillan’s Church will celebrate its 900th Anniversary in 2023.”

For more information, please go to St Fillans Church.

St Fillans Churchyard
Entry to St Fillans Church and Churchyard
St Fillans Church and Churchyard
Gravestones along the wall …
Gravestones along the wall …
View of the ocean
St Fillans Church and Churchyard
View of Aberdour Castle from St Fillans Church and Churchyard
Beautiful headstone….
St Fillans Churchyard
Entry to St Fillans Churchyard

Next, we walked around and came across the Terraced Garden.

View of Aberdour Castle from Terrace Garden
View over Terrace Garden. Patterns on grass.
View of Aberdour Castle from Terrace Garden
View of Terrace Garden
View from Terrace Garden

Up next, we had a peek into the stables and then went for a nice cup of tea.

Naughts and crosses….
Teatime with a nice cup of English Breakfast tea…

After our tea break, I explored some more, and Dad went to the gift shop to look for fridge magnets for his collection.

Thank you for joining us on our walk through Aberdour Castle and the gardens. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Our next stop is Kirkcaldy.

Till next time… Stay safe.


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