A mile-long avenue lined with beech trees is the alluring start to a visit to Drummond Castle Gardens, one of the finest of its type in Europe, and arguably the most important in Scotland.
Established in the 17th century by John Drummond, second Earl of Perth, the gardens were later redesigned but many of the original features can still be viewed today, such as hedges of yew and the copper beech tree that Queen Victoria planted during her 1842 visit.
At the heart of the gardens lies Drummond Castle, a foreboding ridge-top tower house which conveys a palpable sense of authority and opulence as you wander idly through the impressive Italian parterre.
A particularly striking feature of the gardens is the multi-faceted sundial, which was designed by John Mylne, Charles I’s master mason.
GETTING THERE AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Arriving by car
Drummond Castle Gardens is situated on the A822, two miles south of Crieff. Ample car parking is available on site.
Arriving by bus
Numerous services pass close to Drummond Castle Gardens; alight on the A822 Muthill Road adjacent to the gardens and enjoy a leisurely 20-minute walk to reach your destination.
There are several flights of steps in the gardens, but an alternative entrance can be used to bypass these. Maps are available to show grassy routes that are easier to negotiate than the gravel paths. Wheelchair users are admitted free of charge.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO NEARBY
PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK
Drummond Castle Gardens does not have a tearoom, but dining facilities are available in many local villages.
Barley Bree Restaurant in Crieff is a family-run, award-winning restaurant which specialises in French cuisine, prepared with fine Scottish produce. Whether you are seeking a refreshing drink, a light lunch, or evening dinner, Barley Bree restaurant offers a welcoming atmosphere, with outdoor seating in summer and a roaring open fire in winter.
For pizza, pasta, salads, or sandwiches, Delivino, also in Crieff, is well-worth a visit. Vegetarian and gluten-free diets are also accommodated.
DID YOU KNOW…?
Drummond Castle Gardens feature in several movies, including Rob Roy, the story of an 18th century Scottish clan chief played by Liam Neeson.