Drummond Castle Gardens
Situated just south of Crieff.
Malcolm Drummond fought by Robert the Bruce's side at
Bannockburn in 1314 and was granted lands in Strathearn.
The castle was built
there in 1491 by Sir John Drummond. His daughter was the lover
of James IV; it is rumoured that they even married and had a
daughter. In order to form an alliance with England, Scotland's
nobles wanted James IV to marry Margaret Tudor, the sister of
the English king Henry VII. Margaret Drummond was in the way of
this plan and along with her two sisters was murdered with
Mary Queen of Scots stayed at the castle, by then seat of
the Drummond Earl of Perth, with Bothwell and hunted locally.
The original tower was
rebuilt after Cromwell's siege in 1653.
The Drummonds lost the
lands and seat after the Jacobite rising of 1745-46. The 6th
Earl of Perth commanded the left wing of Bonnie Prince Charlie's
doomed army at Culloden.
A Victorian mansion was
added and the Castle is the seat of the Earls of Ancaster
(descendants from the female line of Drummonds).
The Castle is most
famous for it's magnificent Italianate parterre gardens, one of
the finest formal gardens in Europe. Originally laid out in 1630
by John Drummond, 2nd Earl of Perth and Italianised and
embellished with a number of fine statues in 1830.
A special feature is
the unique 17th century Sundial which has around 50 faces and
tells the time in many of Europe's capitals. The gardens are
open daily in the afternoons from May to end of October.
Foxglove Cottages are enviably situated on the world famous West Highland Way
and in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park yet only a 10 minute walk to restaurants, pubs etc.
Experience modern 5 star luxury while enjoying the delights of this small beautiful Victorian Estate, secluded in an idyllic setting
where deer, owls, hawks and a myriad of other wildlife can be seen on an almost daily basis.
Payment/Deposit can be made by all
major credit/debit cards
FOXGLOVE COTTAGES LOCH LOMOND
Drymen, near Glasgow, Stirlingshire, G63 0DW Tel: 01360 661128