The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Northern England and Southern Scotland in 1841

Kinross House Garden

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Kinross House; -Graham, Esq. The mansion stands as the mainland, on a promontory jutting into the lake. It was built by Sir William Bruce, a celebrated architect in the latter end of the 17th century (1685), for his own residence; but he did not live to see it completed. A more symmetrically arranged house and gardens there could not well be. The approach to the house is a straight avenue on one uniform slope, very nearly a level, produced by cutting through hills and filling up hollows, in a manner most instructive to the landscape-gardener. The whole place has been unoccupied for nearly half a century; but the walls being substantial, it might be restored at a moderate expense, and be one of the finest things of the kind in Scotland. An excellent hint for the walls of kitchen-gardens might be taken from those of Kinross House, and the terraced platforms, though in ruins, are not less instructive. Even the walls of the sunk fences here are finished with massive stone copings, with mouldings, weatherings, and throatings, so substantial as to appear as sound as when they were first put up. In the woods there are some fine old sycamores, pines, beeches, and elms. There is a good inn at Kinross, and the trout caught in the lake are excellent.