Tue 20 May 2014
Malleny Garden is a National Trust site to the far west of Edinburgh in a suburb called Balerno. I decided to check it out with my one year old daughter the other day. It’s nice to take her to outdoor places away from the dangers of traffic, where it’s safe to run around. And this sounded like just the place.
Set back from the main road, it is a 5 minute walk up the driveway to the secluded Malleny House and Garden. The 17th century house was very picturesque but was not open to the public. Access to the garden was via a lovely wrought iron gate, with an honesty box for admission donations.
On entering I was pleasantly surprised to see that we had the whole walled garden to ourselves! We had lots of fun exploring. There were four huge yew trees at the entrance, around 400 years old. There were lots of lovely trees, flowers, and plants in every direction. Plus, two glasshouses filled with more flowers and plants. According to the signage in the garden, there are over 150 varieties of rose, possibly the largest rose collection in Scotland. However I think we were a little early in the year to see them in full bloom. Just outside of the walled garden there was also a mid 17th century doocot (dovecote) and a beautiful Victorian fountain, sadly not working.
Unfortunately, as is often the case in Scotland, the weather turned on us after about half an hour and so I decided we should head back. We will certainly be returning – it looked like the perfect place for a summer picnic!
Malleny Garden, Balerno, EH14 7AF