A mile of beech lined avenue leads to a formidable ridge-top tower house. Enter through the woven iron portcullis to the terraces and suddenly revealed is a magnificent Italianate parterre celebrating the saltire, family heraldry, and the famous sundial by John Milne, master mason to Charles I. First laid out in the early 17th century by John Drummond, 2nd Earl of Per th, the gardens today were renewed in the 1950’s by Phyllis Astor, Countess of Ancaster, forming Scotland‘s most important formal gardens, amongst the finest in Europe. While high summer brings a peak of blooms in the formal beds, this is shouldered with a fantastic display of spring and autumn foliage from the remarkable collection of Japanese maples.
VisitScotland grading: Garden
Opening dates and times
Daily 1st May to 31st October - 1.00pm - 6.00pm (last entry 5.00pm)
Also open 4 days at Easter weekend.
The Castle is NOT open to the public. However the gardens afford marvellous views of the castle and surrounding countryside.
2 miles south of Crieff on the Muthill Road (A822).
Ample free parking on site.
Drummond has all the attributes of an Italian Renaissance Garden, including symmetry, terracing, Cypresses, fountains, etc.
Fantastic Autumn foliage.
Adults £5, Concessions £4, Child £2, Free child maximum age 5.
Disabled parking, toilet facilities, viewing platform. Alternative access available (please enquire in advance or at ticket office)
Plants for Sale/Retail and Catering Facilities
Small shop offering postcards, brochures, memorabilia.
Throughout July and August there is a mobile catering van located in the garden car park. This sells quality produce such as locally made ice cream and fudge and a selection of drinks. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own picnics to enjoy in the garden.
Min/Max Group Size Min 20 - Max 100.
Coach Parking Ample free parking on site.
Group Booking Arrangements
Contact Mrs Sue Goodwin, details opposite.
Special Group Tours Available
Horticultural tours by prior arrangement, depending on availability of a senior gardener.