The Dunmore Pineapple near Airth is one of the more unusual buildings you will see and is owned by the National Trust for Scotland (NTS).
On leaving Stirling ("with my camel suitably refreshed with water"), I decided to stay off the M9 motorway and take the road on the south side of the River Forth in favour of photographic interests and a lunch break at some point. I had visited the Pineapple several years ago but wanted to collect some digital images so I thought I would risk the rough narrow lane across the field to it. To my surprise, the garden area was now open for access as I remember vaguely only seeing the rear of the building....
The Pineapple was built in 1761 by John Murray, the fourth Earl of Dunmore. The reason for its construction is unknown but there are several thoughts and theories that include ... on his return from Virginia, where he had been Governor for seven years, the Earl built it for his wife as a summer house. The pineapple was also thought to be a symbol of both welcome on gateposts in Virginia and wealth/power displayed to their contemporaries. It was built at a time when there was architectural extravagance in the gardens of the nobility.
Although the Pineapple stood the test of time, by 1970 the gardens had become overgrown and adjacent buildings fell into disrepair and became unsafe.
It was given to the NTS in 1974 by the Countess of Perth and the buildings were restored by the Landmark Trust who in turn rent it out as a self catering holiday facility.
As I am not nobility and have no self catering holiday booking.... I am not welcome here....
I just get a momentary look from the front door as I am reminded how the host would have welcomed guests many centuries earlier...
There were a couple of people on seats outside the building ( photos 1, 3 and 4) enjoying the sunshine and self catering facilities who informed me in a broad Scottish accent that the building was " goin' tae bee own th' tele wi' channel fower's secre' brat'n. (going to be on the television with channel 4's secret Britain)
Apologies to the Scottish readers with my Geordie Accent !!(''people in glass houses...")
Their dog displayed some elements of the history, heritage and nobility of the building by posing for the photograph in a refined manner.