A Bucket for a Bottle: Gordon Castle calls for local apples in exchange for cider

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Gordon Castle in Fochabers has kicked off a campaign to source more apples and pears to make its cider. It is offering a free bottle of the tasty, locally made Apple & Pear cider in exchange for 7kg of fruit.
Anybody with spare apples or pears from their gardens, or those with large orchards that have surplus fruit, are being encouraged to bring them to the Gordon Castle Shop over the next fortnight.
Angus Gordon Lennox of Gordon Castle said: “Our cider is one of our best sellers and we need more apples and pears to keep up with the demand, which is a fortunate position to be in.

“Everything we make here at Gordon Castle Scotland is created using ingredients either from our own Walled Garden or the local area, so using locally grown fruit from across the North East in our cider means we are staying true to that provenance. The North East of Scotland is not known for its cider, perhaps we can change that.”

For those who don’t have any fruit to spare, Gordon Castle still has lots of fruit to pick and welcomes anyone who wants to come help with this fun task in its Walled Garden, home to 249 espariled fruit trees, some of which have been at the Castle for hundreds of years.


Sticking with the apple theme, the Gordon Castle Walled Garden Restaurant will be serving Roast Pork and apple along with delicious crumbles, incase anyone is hungry after all that hard work.

Gordon Castle is set on the banks of the River Spey in picturesque Moray, the Gordon Castle Estate is the spiritual home of the Gordon Clan and its Walled Garden, which, at over eight acres in size, is one of Scotland’s oldest and largest.

The Walled Garden has provided inspiration for Gordon Castle Scotland’s range of luxury products, all of which contain natural ingredients sourced from the impressive garden.

Thom Whitchurch

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