Backhouse Rossie Estate - OPEN Wednesday 5th August

We’re Good to Go! – Garden Entry 5th August

Just to let you know the process: we will take your contact details, upon payment (contactless card payment is preferred), the gardens are set up with a one-way system to maintain social distancing.

The Gardening Staff ask politely that you don’t speak to them, but do email us with any questions and we will try to answer.

We’re Good to Go! – Food and Drink – Sit In or Take Away

The Backhouse Kitchen will be serving drinks and food from the menu which can be viewed on the Blackboard (instead of handling menus), there is also a tasty new Salad Bar! There are new protocols in place to keep us all safe this season;

Take a seat inside or out

Nominate one of your party and come and give us your order chosen from the Blackboard, contact details for tracing, and pay.

We will bring your order on a tray with compostable/recyclable cups, plates and cutlery.

When you are finished put your food waste in one bin for the hot composter and everything else in the other for recycling.

We will sanitise tables and seats in between customers.

One loo will be available on a 1 in 1 out basis, otherwise the Backhouse Center is closed.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Backhouse Rossie!

Garden Ethos: Like our Quaker Forbears, treading lightly is our aim… in the cafe we talk about food yards not food miles, the garden is run sustainably with biomass heat, rainwater harvesting, we even use recycled timber for our woodland paths.

  • Spring: National Heritage Daffodil Collection, tulips, spring flowers, bulbs, scree and rock garden.
  • Summer: herbaceous borders, rose arches, potager, vegetables, herbs, soft fruits, water feature, grass labyrinth.
  • Autumn: Apple and fruit harvest, dahlias, flowering bulbs including nerines.
  • All year: Woodland walks & Champion trees.

See the National Collection of Backhouse daffodils, Victorian Walled Garden with potager containing cut flowers, herbs, vegetables and soft fruits.  Herbaceous Borders, Scented Roses, Water Feature, Espalier Apples, Shade Border and Interesting Grass Labyrinth. A Woodland walk leads to a ruined Covenanter’s tomb. Recycled stone, estate timber and collected rainwater have been used in the garden’s evolving restoration and design story.

Backhouse Rossie Heritage & Education Centre (by appointment)

The Backhouse Rossie Heritage & Education Centre: living heritage offers information on the relevance of conserving  the historically important living plants created or introduced by our Backhouse horticultural forbears across several genera. Images and text which briefly tell the story of our Quaker Backhouse’s forbears  daffodil raising story using unique excerpts from their own diaries and images of their original plants, one painted by the daffodil raiser. Thomas and James Backhouse Nursery, Seeds-men and Florists, becoming James Backhouse and son after Thomas’s death in 1845. Scree and Rock Garden plant introductions including Erica Carnea from the 1911 Catalogue brought out to celebrate the coronation of King George V, Ferns from James Backhouse’s Australian finds and UK plant hunting trips. James Backhouse junior, an acknowledged Scottish Expert, discovered ferns, orchids and a host of other alpine plants, some of which can be seen growing in the garden.

The Backhouse Café – no garden entry required

The Café serves Barista coffee, Backhouse blended teas, home baking, breakfasts, light lunches and teas. We use produce from the garden grown free from chemicals and locally sourced ingredients where possible.

Landscape setting, geology and the Loch that disappeared – Come and find out about the history of Rossie Estate, Rossie Loch, the geological events which over time formed the landscape and the family’s and people who lived and worked here, who changed the natural landscape and created a garden.

Living Heritage – Holders of the National Collection of Narcissus – Backhouse Heritage Daffodils 1869-1962 which caused a sensation in their day, winning prestigious prizes, these daffodils changed daffodil raising in this country forever and can be seen in spring.

Development – Continually being developed, with recent addition of a Scree & Rock Garden inspired by our horticultural forbears the Backhouse’s, with plants from their historic nursery included in the plantings.

Plan a day trip to us – we are located on Fife’s core cycle pathway with excellent bird watching over Rossie marshes, the Lomond Hills and Falkland village 3 1/2 miles distant, Scottish Deer Centre 7 miles distant, Fife Folk Museum and the Grizelda Hill Pottery a pleasant drive away in the village of Ceres. Branklyn Gardens, Scone Palace, Perth, Culloden and Stirling Castle of Braveheart fame, all within easy reach of Rossie Estate.

Directions to KY15 7UZ:

East from Auchtermuchty 1.7 miles turn off A91, at Charlottetown sign 1 1/2 miles, after 0.25 miles, turn right.

West from Collessie Village 1.5 miles turn off A91, at Charlottetown sign 1 1/2 miles, after 0.25 miles, turn right.

Railway station – Ladybank, Bus – 23 & 94A.

The Backhouse Café