The gardens at Blair Castle were laid out by the 2nd Duke of Atholl in the 18th century. In the area east of the castle, he built a magnificent nine acre walled garden called "The Hercules Garden". A statue of Hercules is placed above the garden with a spectacular view across its sloping grounds and majestic ponds. This beautiful garden is planted with over 100 fruit trees, vegetables, herbs and flowers. A must see at any time of year!
One of the finest formal gardens in Europe, the Drummond Castle garden is an eclectic garden, rooted firmly in the Italian style with fountains, terracing, urns and statuary. Drummond has all the characteristics of a courtly, 17th century Scottish Renaissance garden. It is a composite garden, restructured in early Victorian times and renewed again in the 20th century when the garden framework and the exceptional interest of the original 19th century design were carefully preserved. www.drummondcastlegardens.co.uk
Many of the plants we take for granted today didn't get here by accident. They were introduced by the great Scottish plant-hunters, who risked life and limb around the world to bring back new and exciting species! The Pitlochry Explorers Garden is a celebration of these explorers fascinating lives and their amazing contributions. The Explorers' Garden was conceived and built, in conjunction with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Definitely worth a visit when staying in Pitlochry! www.explorersgarden.com
Bolfracks House is best known for it's gardens. Just a short drive from Craigatin House, Bolftracks garden is definately worth a visit. There has been an ornamental garden here since the mid 18th century. Most of what can be seen today originates from 1970’s and is the work of the late Mr J Douglas Hutchison. The stream garden was planned and constructed by Ian Lawrie of Dundee in 1928 along the course of the Bolfracks Burn. It was restored and replanted from 1983-85. www.bolfracks.com