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Drummond Castle Gardens

The castle sits on a rocky outcrop and is everything you would expect of an ancient Scottish fortress. Huge walls, a massive keep and spiralling turrets. On crossing the castle courtyard the gardens are revealed.

Standing at the top of a flight of stairs that lead down into the gardens themselves, it is possible to see the full glory of the gardens. Intricate parterres are lined with low box hedges. They depict family crests, contained within a St Andrew’s cross. Gravel paths sit alongside neatly clipped yew hedges. This is a formal Italianate garden sitting amidst the splendour of Scotland’s rolling countryside. It is the perfect way to spend a relaxing afternoon walking amongst the plants, exploring the greenhouses or sitting on a bench, soaking up the atmosphere.

Consider it two gardens in one. There is the garden you see from above, and there is the garden you experience when you stand in it. The parterre is so long and the topiary, trees and hedges so high that you can scarcely see a quarter of the way into it. It unfolds in a sequence of intimate spaces, with something new at every turn. Is there another garden like it?

Fact File

Opening times: Easter weekend. May 1st to October 31st daily.
Admission: Adult £6, Concession £5.50, Children £2. Family (2+3) £14
Group rates: Minimum size 15. £5
Facilities: Toilets. Ice cream, cold drinks, garden guidebook.
Tours & Events: Private morning/early evening visits. Guided garden tour  (additional charges apply)
Disabled access: Partial. Toilet and parking.
Coach Parking: Yes
Length of visit: Minimum one hour.
Booking contact: Ann Massey. Drummond Castle Gardens, Muthill, Crieff, PH7 4HZ
Telephone: 01764 681433
Email: info@drummondcastlegardens.co.uk
Website: www.drummondcastlegardens.co.uk
Location: 2 miles South of Crieff on the A822.

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