Drummond Castle Gardens

The house and castle stand on the top of three terraces with steps leading down to the gardens.

The gardens are divided by paths, walls and beds flanked by box and are shaped like a saltire or St Andrew’s Cross. Box blight has had a significant impact and with the design delineated by the shrub, many of the sections have recently been replaced by box from Europe which is allegedly resistant to the fungus. Only time will tell.

In the centre is the obelisk sundial designed c1630 by 2nd Earl of Perth, mathematician and scholar, and John Mylne, a mastermason.

At either end of the terraces are Arbutus unedo (Strawberry Tree) clipped into umbrellas.

Below the garden is the kitchen garden which once ran the length of the garden but has now been reduced in size.

Numerous sculptures dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

Series 2 of the TV series Outlander was filmed here – standing in for the gardens at Versailles!

The Castle is not open to the public.

The gardens are open from June until October, 7 days a week.

Drummond Castle and Grimsthorpe Castle are owned by Jane Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby, 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby. The Castle and the Gardens are managed by the Grimsthorpe and Drummond Castle Trust.

Historic Houses members visit for free

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Address: Crieff, Perthshire, PH7 4HN View map Phone: 01764 681433 Length of visit: 1-2 hours
Dog friendly: Yes
Cafe: No
Car park: Yes
House open: No
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - majority: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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