Drummond Castle Gardens

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Drummond Castle was built on a rocky outcrop by John, 1st Lord Drummond. The 2nd Earl, a Privy Councillor to James VI and Charles I, succeeded in 1612 and is credited with transforming both the gardens and the castle. The keep still stands but the rest of the castle was restored and largely remodelled by the 1st Earl of Ancaster in 1890. From the east gateway on the Crieff Muthill road, visitors drive up the long beech avenue to the car park and then walk to the outer castle court. On passing into the inner courtyard and attaining the top of the terracing the full extent and majesty of the garden is suddenly revealed. The dominant feature of the parterre design is a St Andrew\'s Cross with the multiplex 17th century sundial at its centre. A strong north-south axis runs through the garden, down the impressive flight of steps to the sundial, through the classical archway and kitchen garden beyond, cutting a swathe through woodland before rising to the top of the opposing hillside. This idea of drawing the countryside into the garden is essentially French; however, Drummond is an eclectic garden and also rooted firmly in the Italian style with its fountains, terracing, urns and statuary.

Drummond Castle Gardens

Muthill
Crieff
Perthshire
PH52AA
T 01764 681433
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Strathearn

Strathearn is the beautiful valley that runs between Perth and North Stirlingshire with Crieff as its regional capital. It is an area steeped in history with Crieff being the centre of a network of old cattle droving routes. In Victorian times, the Crieff Hydro Hotel attained some notoriety as an alcohol free spa centre based on the then fashionable theories of hydropatics. The Crieff Hydro is still today the largest family friendly spa and activities Hotel in Scotland, employing about 500 staff across a range of services and activities. The Western end of Strathearn finds the beautiful Loch Earn which is a great watersports venue offering a range of water related activities. In the South corner of this area is also where you find Gleneagles, the fabulously expensive hotel with its famous golf courses.