Drummond Castle

Muthill, United Kingdom

Drummond Castle is known for its gardens, described by Historic Environment Scotland as the best example of formal terraced gardens in Scotland. The castle comprises a tower house built in the late 15th century, and a 17th-century mansion, both of which were rebuilt in Victorian times. The gardens date to the 1630s, although they too were restructured in the 19th century.

The lands of Drummond were the property of the Drummond family from the 14th century, and the original tower house was built over several years by John Drummond, 1st Lord Drummond of Cargill, from about 1490. In 1605 the 4th Lord Drummond was created Earl of Perth, and added to the castle.

The castle was sacked by the army of Oliver Cromwell in 1653, during the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. The 4th Earl of Perth was Lord Chancellor of Scotland under King James VII. He began the mansion house in 1689, before being imprisoned following the deposition of King James by William of Orange. He later fled to the exiled Jacobite court in France. The Drummonds continued to support the Jacobite cause in the Jacobite uprisings of 1715 and 1745. The family retained control of the estate until 1750 when the Drummond properties were declared forfeit and seized by the state. The estate was managed by the Commissioners for Forfeited Estates until 1784, when it was sold to Captain James Drummond (later created 1st Baron Perth). He began a number of improvements that were continued by his daughter Sarah and her husband, The 22nd Baron Willoughby de Eresby (1782–1865). These included the formal gardens and terraces in the 1830s. Queen Victoria visited the gardens in 1842.

The upper stories of the tower house were rebuilt and heightened in pseudo-medieval style in 1842–53. The mansion was renovated in 1878, to designs by George Turnbull Ewing. The castle is now the seat of The Rt Hon. The 28th Baroness Willoughby de Eresby, the daughter and heir of The 3rd Lord Ancaster.

The castle is set on part of a prominent spine of rock known as the Gask Ridge, a geographical feature that stretches several kilometres across Perthshire, but is particularly prominent and steep-sided at the site of the castle. The tower house, or keep, is no longer used as a dwelling. It is adjoined by a later, but better preserved, gatehouse (built 1629–30). Stretching between the tower house and the edge of the ridge, it was originally intended to control access to the courtyard behind, which has a fine view over the formal gardens. To the south of the castle on its rocky outcrop are the formal gardens.



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Muthill, United Kingdom
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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in United Kingdom


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Leah Loy (9 months ago)
Feels like I’m in Alice in wonderland! Such a beautiful castle, though you can only see the outside part. I am not sure if they open it to the public on weekends as we visited on weekdays. And the mesmerizing garden is just absolutely stunning and well maintained! Such a great job for the gardeners and the staff. I love how my kid enjoys the beautiful garden. Also, they have a wee coffee shop to warm you up with tasty pastries. This is a must-visit place with your family. Glad we found it just before heading to Kenmore for the holidays.
Dejan Vuletic (10 months ago)
One of the most beatiful gardens I have visited. The view from the top is impressive. Every tree has been trimmed, the grass is like a carpet.....
Andrew Yardley (10 months ago)
Stunning gardens and castle and worth a visit. While you can not go into the castle itself the tower is open and has a few displays around. There’s a great little coffee wagon just inside the grounds and made up for a morning stroll around the grounds with an excellent cuppa. We enjoyed the woodland walk which takes you up the furthest statue you can see on the green strip clearing which you see when looking down onto the gardens from the top of the castle.
Daniel Mansfeld (11 months ago)
Lovely gardens just 5 min outside of Crieff. The garden is in good shape. You can spend 1-2 hours wandering around this place.
Jahan Shah (11 months ago)
Firstly a note of advice... the sat nav will most likely take you to the back of the gardens. Ignore the last turn in (which will say a sharp right- instead go straight and first left). The car park is a couple minute walk but as you're entering a sign says disabled badge holders can enter, so you would think you can park there however, the lady said if you're a badge holder you can bring your car up to pay your admission then go back to car park with your car and then walk - very strange indeed and not helpful for disabled badge holders. For that reason I'm giving this a 2 star. The £10 admission fee is a bit much I feel personally too. The gardens are beautiful. Very well kept and just lovely. Be prepared to walk though! Apart from the parking issue the Garden itself is lovely.
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