Drummond Castle gardens in Perthshire doubled as The Palace of Versailles in Season 2 of Outlander and the steps were used in the promo photos and trailer. Film crew visited the site several times over the course of 2015 and the stunning French Renaissance gardens can be seen a lots of scenes including when Jamie first sees Black Jack Randall again.
Although you can’t visit the castle itself the gardens are open to the public so fans can stroll around the intricate gardens to their hearts content.
When you turn into the estate you are greeted by a mile long avenue of beech trees that line the road to the castle. There is an car park where you can drop off your car before heading into the outer courtyard. Here you can pay the small fee and if you want a wee souvenier there is an excellent choice of gifts, postcards, books as well as juice and a selection of the amazing Stewart ice cream from Dunkeld.
As you leave the shop and turn right into the inner courtyard the full extent of these truly amazing gardens unveils itself. As the castle sits high on a steep hillside the first sight of the gardens is from the top of the grand three story staircase, so you get a birds eye view. It immediately becomes clear why the Outlander location scouts picked this location.
The sundial right in the centre was designed by John Mylne, Master mason to Charles 1 in the 1630’s and it forms the centrepiece of the gardens which take the form of a Scotland flag, the St Andrews cross. Also if you look over the gardens you’ll see two copper birch trees which were planted by Queen Victoria.
These formal gardens are filled with interesting and important plants which you can find out more about from the map you will be given at the shop. Take your time to really enjoy your visit, there are picnic benches and lots of little grassy areas to sit down. One visitor has previously said it reminded her of Alice in Wonderland and that’s exactly right. You could easily get lost as you explore all the different parts, it really is quite magical.
I’ll let the photos do the talking.
Oi cheeky! I'll just leave this one here...
Open daily June to August 11am-6pm, September and October 1pm-6pm.
Entry £5 Adults, £4 Superadults and £2 Child
Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on a lead at all times and you pick up the poop.
There is a way to enjoy the gardens if you are in a wheelchair, find more details on the website where you can also find out more about the history of the gardens and castle and also watch fantastic aerial footage taken by a drone. http://www.drummondcastlegardens.co.uk
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