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The Dunmore Pineapple is a folly. I’d also say it’s the most bizarre building in Scotland.
I snuck round and took this from the back garden. The much grander south aspect has been snapped so many times, and I think to truly appreciate the genius behind this place you need to see it from both sides. This architectural wonder can now be rented as a holiday home. It is safe unlike the majority of other key buildings within Dunmore Park which have fallen into decay.
So after you’ve been blown away by the tourist trail Pineapple….take a walk through the rhododendron forests until you come to Dunmore House.
In 1822 Dunmore Park House was completed for George, 5th Earl of Dunmore. It was partly demolished in the early 1900s (the pile of rubble is heaped amongst the ruins). The remains then suffered from fire in the 1980s, but as you can see, a large part of the building and façade still stand proud.
There have been proposals to restore Dunmore Park House but there’s also suggestion of the building of 54 houses in the park. The National Trust for Scotland have opposed these plans……but who knows……and does anybody really care….?
An easy explore (you can park at the stables if you’re lazy), a facinating mansion and lots of history if you care to google. Will cover Elphinstone Tower another day.