There is no question about it – I am a summer person. To me, nothing can replace the long days, the warmth of the sun and the general feeling of freedom and “holiday mode” you get between the months of May and September.
For the majority of the time, even here in Scotland, summer is a wonderful season where nature gets to showcase a lot of its beauty and glory and makes it really easy for anybody to get outdoors and spend a lot of time surrounded by the elements, something that I am a huge advocate of. You don’t need high end climbing equipment to enjoy a small to medium sized Munro, parks are available galore to go for walks with friends and family or even enjoy a nice ole barbeque and beaches are literally everywhere in Scotland to help you escape the daily city life.
Following a season like summer is impossible to top in mind but there is something magical about autumn in this country. It should be on any hobbyist photographer’s bucket list to visit Scotland during autumn simply for the explosion of colour throughout the month of October and if you’re a driver, then you are in for a massive treat as well. I could spend hours on any number of Scottish highways just cruising along, enjoying the scenery mile after mile.
October is probably the best month for driving here, as you still get a bit of sunshine and warmth, the views just keep getting better and better and to top it all off, the majority of tourism starts to let up, revealing quieter back roads and more space to breathe and actually enjoy some of the more popular destinations.
This is why, for this blog post, My Saturday Drive went for a drive to Drummond Castle Gardens. Located in the heart of Perthshire, Drummond Castle can be a great little day trip for anyone wishing to get out of the city and enjoy some spectacular nature views as well as take in one of the most beautifully appointed gardens in the country.
One of the best parts of this trip for me was of course, the driving. As always, starting from Glasgow and trying to get anywhere up north there are 2 options: either M8 to M80 and A9 or the A82 towards Loch Lomond. Given that it was the weekend and we were in no rush to get anywhere, we chose the route that was slightly longer but more scenic through the back roads. I wholeheartedly recommend this approach to traveling to anyone who wants to see more scenic views along the route, as opposed to sitting on the motorway and crunching miles away. There are amazing views left and right and the road is great with lots of turns, elevation changes and long straights allowing for great driving pleasure. Sure, you may arrive at your destination slightly later and you may use a little more fuel than usual, but if you care more about the pure driving experience than actually getting there (cue cheesy quote that it’s about the journey, not the destination) you will arrive feeling happier and fresher and more likely to enjoy the attractions that await you at the end of your journey.
An hour later of cruising along the Scottish country side and we arrive at the castle. In 1314, Sir Malcolm Drummond was given the lands here as a result of his contributions to the Battle of Bannockburn. His eldest son, John, started building the tower of Drummond Castle in the 15th century, while further developments were made in the 17th and 18th centuries with an extension and a mansion.
For now, there is no public access to the castle itself, only the gardens. They are a form of Renaissance Gardens and were laid out in the 17th century. It is an absolutely spectacular garden and you can spend hours wondering about, basking your senses in the scents from the many types of flowers and bushes that have been modelled with what seems like laser precision.
In my opinion, the best time to visit the gardens is either right after Easter, when they just open to the public and the spring brings the entire flora back to life, or, towards the end of October, when the colours and atmosphere are simply fantastic. On top of this, you will find that these times of the year are also great simply because there aren’t that many tourists around and you get more time to yourself to enjoy this mini Versailles of Scotland.
For more information about visiting, please go to their website.