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Dunrobin Castle enjoys one of Scotland’s most dramatic settings

Posted in Architecture, Country House, Historical articles, History, Scotland, Sea on Tuesday, 31 July 2012

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This edited article about Dunrobin Castle originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 757 published on 17th July 1976.

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Dunrobin Castle

Admirers of landscaped gardens and baronial-style houses will find much to enjoy at Dunrobin Castle, Golspie, Sutherland in Scotland

An excellent example of the Scottish baronial style is Dunrobin Castle, which is perched on the edge of an escarpment looking south over the North Sea.

Constructed of elegant stone, it has balustraded terraces and stairways which were designed for the steep slope on which it stands by Sir Charles Barry in the mid-19th century.

These provide vantage points from which visitors can see the elaborate parterres with their beautiful flower beds and paths running between them.

Three separate parterres have been laid out on level ground, each having its pool and fountain as a central feature and beds lined with box shrubs.

More cones and mop-heads of box accent the design and each parterre has its own special shape. One is circular and the other two are rectangular. These are separated by dense belts of shrubs.

Today they are planted with free-flowering floribunda roses, and a long border beneath the terrace wall glows with colour from perennial plants that delight the eye.

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