Pitmedden is a small rural village in Aberdeenshire, famous for Pitmedden Gardens, a recreation of a Scottish Renaissance walled garden. It is around 16 miles from the city of Aberdeen and located between the town of Ellon and the village of Oldmeldrum. The population is around 1,400.

The village is set in the parish of Udny and the area enjoys a good sense of community.  Udny Community Trust owns and operates a wind turbine, profits from which are used for the benefit of local charities and events.  


1,400 people

Distance from Aberdeen

16 Miles


Buses depart and arrive from Aberdeen hourly. The 291 and 290 (Stagecoach) depart from Union Square Bus Station in Aberdeen. The 49 (Watermill Coaches) offers travel to both Ellon and Inverurie, with several services leaving Pitmedden, Monday to Saturday.


Primary School

  • Pitmedden School

Secondary Schools

  • Meldrum Academy 
Additional information

Catchment area information can be found here

Local amenities: 

  • Co-Op supermarket 
  • Several cafes 
  • Doctors Surgery 

Nearby Leisure Facilities: 

  • Pitmedden Bowling Club 
  • Pitmedden Park 
History of Pitmedden

The historic gardens at Pitmedden are home to vibrant floral designs and deep history. Sir Alexander Seton created Pitmedden Garden in the 17th century, which stayed in the family before being gifted to the National Trust of Scotland in 1952.  

During World War II, Pitmedden was the area chosen for a Prisoner of War camp. This could be found on the south side of Bronie Burn, on Oldmeldrum road. During the Transco Gas Pipeline excavation, two crashed aircraft from the war were unearthed. 

Things to do in Pitmedden

While Pitmedden is a small village, there remains a host of things to do: 

  • Pitmedden Garden
    This National Trust for Scotland garden is a star of Aberdeenshire scenery. The garden is the largest surviving parterre in Scotland, dating from 1675 and has a range of geometric beds, including the Seton coat of arms. Built by Sir Alexander Seaton and his wife, Dame Margaret Lauder, the site once also had a grand house, which was unfortunately destroyed by fire in 1807. The garden is now a beauty spot, with adjoining museum of farming life, tearoom and shop filling out the vibrant area. 

  • Museum of Farming Life 
    The Museum of Farming Life helps visitors to get a feel for what farming in the 1900s was like. There are several displays, including old farming equipment and tools, as well as stables of horses and several orchards. It makes it the perfect place for walks with family and pets and a great place to explore. 

Schools in Pitmedden

There is only one Primary school in the area, with a Nursery unit; Pitmedden School. Meldrum Academy is the Secondary school that pupils within Pitmedden can attend in nearby Oldmeldrum. 

If you’re looking for accommodation in Pitmedden, let ASPC help. Our site contains a comprehensive listing of flats and new homes for sale and for rent in Pitmedden, ranging from one-bedroom properties to substantial family homes. To begin your search for a new home in Pitmedden, visit our property finder tool page.  

Further information on Pitmedden is available at the Visit Scotland website.