Scotland | Must Visit Pick Your Own Sunflower Fields

Sunflowers, with their bright yellow petals, are a popular summer flower known to grow as high as 4 metres tall. Said to symbolise loyalty and adoration, they're also the national flower of Ukraine. A bunch of this floral sunshine will brighten up any home, and easily bring a smile to your face. I had sunflowers in my wedding bouquet, alongside white roses and green thistles, our August nuptials being perfectly timed for the Scottish flowering season. Did you know there are actually a number of sunflower fields in Scotland where you can pick your own? 

Christy holding a bunch of sunflowers and gladioli at Laurencekirk flower field

NJ McWilliam Flower Fields, Laurencekirk and Brechin - With flower fields in two locations along the A90, south of Aberdeen, NJ McWilliam was our choice for sunflower picking in early August. By the Oatyhill junction near Laurencekirk, we parked up and picked our own. A long row of sunflowers was accompanied by multiple rows of multicoloured gladioli. Simply cut your stems using the secateurs provided, and leave your money in the honesty box. If you don't have cash you can also pay by PayPal!

Cost: £1 per stem

Location: Oatyhill, Laurencekirk, AB30 1AU or beside the Brechin Garden Centre, DD9 6LR.

Cononsyth Farms, Angus - This working farm has a sunflower maze, alongside lavender fields and a honeyberry orchard! A £6.50 entrance fee includes one punnet of pick your own berries, with additional charges for flowers. You can book online via Eventbrite. Under 3's go free!

Cost: £1 per stem, or £5 for 6

Location: Cononsyth Farms, Arbroath, DD11 3SA.

Row of pick your own sunflowers in Scotland

Cairnie Fruit Farm, Cupar - At Cairnie Fruit Farm in Fife you could pick fresh berries as well as sunflowers! Pick what you want, using the secateurs provided, and pay at the kiosk before you leave. There's also a kids fun yard with go-karts and the Mega Maize Maze, making a great day out for families. Booking is required for the fun yard and maze, but not for fruit/flower picking, with last entry at 3.45pm.

Cost: ? per stem

Location: Cairnie Farming Co, Cupar, Fife, KY15 4QD

Craigie's Farm, South Queensferry - Near Edinburgh, Craigie's Farm also offer PYO sunflowers. A pre-booked entry voucher for a time slot is required, which you can buy online. Adult tickets cost £5 and £2.50 for children. The cost of this is non-refundable but redeemed against any fruit, veg or flowers you pick. You'll also find a farm shop and cafe on site. 

Cost: 79p per kg.

Location: West Craigie Farm, South Queensferry, EH30 9AR

Bumble bee on a sunflower in a pick your own flower field

Gloagburn Farm Sunflower Trail, Perth - At Gloagburn farm shop they created a 10 acre sunflower trail in the shape of Scotland in 2022! Tickets are available online at £6 + booking fee per adult, with under 12's going free. Dogs are allowed if kept on a lead. There is a farm shop, play park and restaurant on site, and you might even meet the highland cows, pigs and chickens if you're lucky! 

Cost: £1.20 per stem, 5 for £5 or 10 for £8.

Location: Gloagburn Farm, Tibbermore, PH1 1QL

Corrimony Farm, Inverness - At the home of Loch Ness Pumpkins, you can visit their sunflower field from September with a pre-booked ticket. General admission is £4 or you can book an afternoon tea package for £23, which includes 7 sunflowers. Tea and cakes are available to buy separately if you don't want to go the whole hog!

Cost: £1 per stem

Location: Buntait Farm, Glenurquhart, IV63 6TN

Thorneybank Farm Shop, Aberdeenshire - New for 2023, in mid August, you can visit the sunflower patch at Thorneybank farm in Rothienorman. Tickets are £5 per person including one flower, with under 12's going free. Food and refreshments will be available to purchase at the shop too!

Cost: £1.50 per stem

Location: Thorneybank Farm Shop, Lower Thorneybank, Rothienorman, AB51 8XT.

Bouquet of sunflowers and white gladioli, picked from NJ MCwilliam flower field

Sunflowers tend to be available to pick between August - September, and it's worth checking Facebook and Instagram updates for information on availability. At the end of the season, many of the sunflowers fields in Scotland will have an option for pumpkin picking at their farms too, so you can enjoy an autumnal day out at the pumpkin patch instead!

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