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Drummond Castle Gardens

Drummond Castle Gardens

drummond castle gardens

Drummond Castle was built by the Drummonds from Stobhall in 1491. After it was built, the castle became the residence and seat of the family. The castle itself is located outside of Crieff, 25 miles away from Stobhall, which is near Perth on the river Tay. The original portions of the castle are a classical tower keep that is found frequently in Scotland.

During the 1600's additions were made to the castle for the Earl of Perth. It was John Mylne of Perth, Master Mason to King Charles I, that was commissioned to make the alterations and additions. One was the gateway below the great tower with the date 1630 carved on the gables.

During this time the formal gardens at Drummond Castle were laid. It included stone work and statues that came from the Continental Europe as well as a carved stone sundial that was the work of John Mylne of Perth. The castle gardens are sometimes called the pride and jewel of the highlands.

First laid out in the early 17th century and re-designed and terraced in the early 19th century. The gardens you see today were replanted during the 1950's, preserving features such as the ancient yew tree hedges and the copper beech trees planted by Queen Victoria to commemorate her visit in 1842. At the centre of the gardens stands the John Mylne Sundial, erected by the 2nd. Earl of Perth in 1630.

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