One of the strangest buildings in the United Kingdom is the "folly" Dunmore Pineapple in Stirlingshire, Scotland. Considered the most bizarre building in Scotland, it is also open to the public and even has accommodation for those who would like to stay and say they have more than frequented Scotland's strangest building.

Believe it or not, but this odd pineapple of a building even has a connection with Virginia and the War of Independence. Another magnificent iconic Scottish landmark to tour and stay at is Glamis Castle - it is considered to be perhaps the most beautiful castle in Scotland.


In The Context Of Virginia's Last Governor

Dunmore House or Pineapple is part of Dunmore Park and is the ancestral home of the Earls of Dunmore.

Dunmore Pineapple is an eccentric summer house built in the shape of a pineapple by Lord Dunmore. It was built in the 18th century for the 4th Earl of Dunmore. It was built of the very finest masonry and probably started out as a normal one-story pavilion (dated 1791).

  • Built: by Lord Dunmore (aka John Murray) The Last Colonial Governor Of Virginia

Lord Dunmore (called John Murray) was a Scottish peer and colonial governor in the American colonies as well as the Bahamas. He became governor of the Province of New York in 1770 and then the governor of the Colony of Virginia the following year. While governor of Virginia he conducted a series of campaigns against the trans-Appalachian Indians (called Lord Dunmore's War) and later offered freedom to any slaves who fought with the Loyalists.

Today one can visit the living museum of Williamsburg and the historic battlefield of Yorktown that date from this time and are part of Virginia's Historic Triangle.

  • Governor: Of New York, Virginia, and The Bahamas

After the Burning of Norfolk in 1776, he returned to Britain and was the last governor of Virginia. He returned to the remaining British possessions in North America after the war was the Governor of the Bahama Islands from 1787 to 1796.

It is likely that the Dunmore Pineapple only came into being after he was forced out by the revolting colonies. While in the colonies, it was tradition for returning sailors to put a pineapple on the gatepost to announce their return home. It is likely that Lord Dunmore, having a sense of humor, wanted to announce his return to Scotland more prominently.

  • Joke: The Pineapple Was Likely A Joke To Announce His Return To Scotland
  • Folly: A Grandiose Building With No Practical Function

What he built is known as a folly. A folly is typically a grandiose building that serves no particular function - they were fairly common during this time in the United Kingdom.

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Dunmore Pineapple's Gardens and Visiting

Dunmore Pineapple also includes two immense walled gardens (also built by Lord Dunmore). In Scotland and regions this far north, it was necessary to put walls around great houses' gardens in order to shelter the garden from wind and frost.

  • Gardens: One Of Dunmore Park's Main Attractions Is Its Massive Walled Gardens

One of the gardens today is a private for guests staying. There are steps from the garden leading into the elegant room inside The Pineapple itself. The larger of the two gardens spans around 6 acres and is located on a gentle south-facing slope (the ideal spot for frost-sensitive plants).

Visitors are welcome to stroll through the other walled garden and see the orchard of crab-apple trees or walk around the pond and into the surrounding Scottish woodland.

The Pineapple (together with its surroundings) is owned by the National Trust for Scotland with the Landmark Trust leasing it long-term. It is open to the public free of charge and is open daily.

  • Admission Fee: Free
  • Open: Daily
  • Dogs: Dogs Are Welcome

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Staying At The Dunmore Pineapple

The accommodation has been described as "cozy" and there are logs provided for the historic fireplaces at Dunmore Pineapple. One reviewer who stayed in December 2021 wrote:

"A remarkable, unusual, cozy, magical place in the midst of great walks and discoveries on the grounds and nearby. Loved every minute of this comfortable history rich treasure!"

Mary Beidler Gearen

If one would like to stay at the Dunmore Pineapple, then one should plan in advance as there are few available slots for when it is able to be booked. As of the time of writing (March 2022), the soonest availability was for three nights in late July.

  • Price: £1152.00 ($1,500) - For Three Nights
  • Tip: Plan In Advance

Dunmore Pineapple is self-catering accommodation without breakfast. Landmark (the institution running it) does not provide catering but they do recommend Greycoat Lumleys who can arrange for expert and well-trained staff to cater for an evening or for the entire stay.

Visitors are permitted to bring up to two dogs but they must be kept off the furniture.

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