Relax and Unwind at Elgin Biblical Garden

Elgin Biblical Garden is a beautiful, serene escape from the busy trials and tribulations of everyday life.

 

The Biblical Garden is a beautiful hidden gem in Elgin | Credit: Karen Bryan

The Garden sits between the medieval Elgin Cathedral and Cooper Park – a gift to Elgin from Colonel George A. Cooper in 1903.  It makes for a beautiful retreat from life, with 110 plants with Biblical references creating a delightfully vibrant landscape.

Although the garden is Biblical, you don’t have to have an interest in the Bible to appreciate the beauty and peacefulness of these glorious trees and flowers on a beautiful sunny day.  It is a fabulous place to relax and unwind and forget about the world for a few moments.

You can let your troubles and worries drift away as you take in the beautiful views, including a spectacular range of shrubs, herbaceous plants and trees such as Cercidiphyllum japonica and Liquidambar styraciflua.

Brightly coloured plants light up the Biblical Garden in Elgin | Credit: Biblical Garden

It is also the perfect spot to sit down for a nice relaxing picnic – on your own or with family, friends and loved ones.

If you are interested in learning more about the Bible, there are lovely statues situated throughout the garden.  There are also very interesting information boards located in various parts of the Biblical Garden.

The Biblical Garden has been open over 20 years now, opening in June 1996.  It was made possible by donations from local businesses, Churches, schools and organisations.  There was a lot of community involvement in its creation, with local schools making the fantastic mosaics which can be seen on the wall by the entrance.

Fantastic Mosaics at the entrance of the Biblical Garden | Credit: Biblical Garden

The garden has been very successful in attracting visitors from all over, and this success is owed to the hard work and partnership among the Friends of the Biblical Garden, Moray Council and Moray College UHI.  It is the perfect example of the community spirit that you will witness on your visit to the Moray Area.

The Biblical Garden is just one of many beautiful and tranquil landscapes in the Moray area, with a beautiful pond even sitting just a short walk away from Carden Cottages.  You will never be short of beautiful scenery and relaxing spots on your visit to Carden.

It is open to the public daily from May to September and is free to enter, but there is a donations box if you feel like leaving one.  You can drive to the Biblical Garden from Carden Cottages in under 15 minutes.  You could combine this trip with a visit to Elgin Cathedral, which is just across the road.

Explore the beautiful history of Brodie Castle

The beautiful Brodie castle is a must visit when exploring the Moray area.  The 16th– century castle has something for everyone – history, a wonderful art collection, beautiful gardens and a nature trail.

Brodie Castle is a beautiful rose coloured building with a rich history | Credit: Dr. Richard Murray

 

Brodie Castle was home to the Brodie clan for over 400 years, originally being built by the clan themselves in 1567.  Upon visiting the beautiful rose coloured building you can see how it has been shaped by history, with the original 1500s architecture having 17th century and Victorian additions.

When you have finished taking in the outside of the building, you can then venture inside to experience a unique insight into the past.  Stepping inside the castle is like stepping back in time, with priceless art work, antiques and other quirky historic artefacts.  The art gallery contains beautiful work from many artists, varying from Dutch Old Masters to modern watercolours.

On the outside, Brodie Castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens spanning over 71 hectares of ground.  The beautiful gardens boast incredible displays of a variety of flowers in the springtime, including bright blooming daffodils.  These gardens are great for a relaxing walk and for breathing in the tranquil surroundings.

Beautiful Daffodils bloom in the Brodie Castle Gardens | Credit: J. Thomas

There is also an adventure playground for the children, as well as a natural trail with observation hides for catching a glimpse of wildlife.  Therefore, there is something for the whole family!

The history at Brodie Castle doesn’t stop at the building itself – there is also a Pictish monument located on the close as you approach the castle.  Known as ‘Rodney’s Stone’, the two-metre high stone slab has some beautiful images carved into it.

Originally found in the grounds of the old church of Dyke and Moy, the stone has a large cross on one side and intricate engravings on the other, including two fish monsters, a “Pictish Beast”, a double disc and z-rod.

Rodney’s Stone sits on the close as you approach Brodie Castle | Credit: Ann Harrison

The castle is also located near Macbeth’s Hillock, where it is claimed that the hero of the Shakespearean tale had his encounter with the Weird Sisters.

The castle and estate’s opening times vary per season, right now in June Brodie Castle is open from 10am to 5pm daily, but from July until the end of August it will have extended hours of 9:30am until 6pm.

Ticket prices are: £11 for an adult, £35 for a family, £29 for a family with one adult, £9.50 for concessions and £6.50 for children.  For more information about ticket prices, visit the Brodie Castle website.

Brodie Castle is only a 20 minute drive from Carden Cottages.