Crieff Hydro Hotel is surrounded by incredible scenery and attractions, but few stick out quite as spectaularly as Drummond Castle Gardens.
Although there is no public access to the castle itself, the surrounding gardens are nothing short of spectacular.
Drummond has all the characteristics of a courtly, 17th century Scottish Renaissance garden. It is a composite garden, restructured in early Victorian times and renewed again in the 20th century when the garden framework and the exceptional interest of the original 19th century design were carefully preserved.
Drummond Castle itself was built on a rocky outcrop by John, 1st Lord Drummond around 1490. 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 between 1630-1636. The rest of the castle was restored and largely remodelled by the 1st Earl of Ancaster in 1890.
During the summer, the gardens are open from 1pm to 6pm every day and admission costs £5.00 for adults and £2.00 for children. There are also private group offers available, allowing you to explore the gardens your own way, and even early evening slots which include a glass of wine on arrival and a range tour and information packages.
For more information about how to get there from Crieff Hydro, contact us on 01764 651 670.