Visiting the Hidden Gardens of Kingsbarns

In the height of summer, it’s so pleasant to discover that gardens which are not normally visible to the public are open for one day for us to take a peek at the labours of other keen gardeners in the East Neuk village of Kingsbarns.

Scotland’s Small Gardens scheme ensures that there is a rolling programme of gardens to visit in different parts of Fife throughout the summer months. However, we discovered that Kingsbarns was throwing open the gates of some Hidden Gardens by spotting signs around the village, and signposts on the main road as we passed through to start our recent Fife Coastal Path Walk.

CHAS Hidden Gardens Kingsbarns

Sandy had spotted one particular garden which he wanted to visit as the house used to belong to an old uncle of his, and we were eager to have a little ‘nosy’ to see how it had changed.  Beyond all recognition, was the answer!

View of Kingsbarns Parish Church

From the first garden we could see the Parish Church of Kingsbarns over the wall.

poppy in gardens at Kingsbarns

There were 10 or so different gardens to visit, ranging from tiny front gardens in a courtyard, to grander formal layouts with water features and box hedging surrounding planting schemes.

Glorious cottage gardens at Kingsbarns

There were opportunities to sit and enjoy tea and cakes in some of the gardens.

The roses smelt glorious, and looked beautiful too.

Roses in Kingsbarns

And there were stately delphiniums in full bloom.

Delphiniums blue in Kingsbarns

We’re looking forward to the Small Gardens of Crail being open, as they usually are, each July,

If you’re staying at Sandcastle Cottage in Crail, we’ve got some suggestions for gardens to visit at other times of the year in our post, 3 Gardens to Visit in Fife, and of course, while you’re in residence, you have access to your very own garden during your stay.

We look forward to welcoming you to Sandcastle Cottage.

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