A beautiful circular lake walks surrounded by mature trees. Particularly lovely in spring as it is becomes blanketed with bluebells and snowdrops. Smeaton is part of the National tree collection of Scotland – a group of tree collections brought together to highlight their importance and help protect them. Although Smeaton is a privately owned estate, members of the public are allowed to walk around the lake from 10am till dusk, free of charge, using either of the two gates. The entrance to the lake is about 20 minutes walk from the entrance lodge on the main road.
A few minutes walk away is Smeaton nursery gardens in the walled garden, where you can indulge yourself with home cooked cakes in their tearoom.
The artificial lake was create in 1820 by George Buchan-Hepburn, the then laird of Smeaton and is renowned for the variety of mature specimen trees. The Smeaton Estate belonged to the Hepburn family for 400 years, up until 1934. Although now owned by the Gray family, it remains called “Smeaton-Hepburn Estate”. The mansion no longer exists, but there is Smeaton House.
10am till dusk
A few minutes walk away is the hidden and idyllic Preston Mill and Phantassie Doocot along by the River Tyne.
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