Popular with locals and visitors alike, MacRosty Park is an ideal location for a family day out.
This beautiful greenspace even received the royal seal of approval when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge unveiled a plaque at the bandstand to mark their visit in 2014.
Thanks to a long-running community regeneration plan spearheaded by the Friends of MacRosty Park (http://bit.ly/2udrdpi), MacRosty boasts an enviable raft of attractions. This includes children’s play areas, a Victorian bandstand (concerts are held throughout the summer), picnic areas, a café, easy going walks and an impressive collection of conifer trees. The fast-flowing Turret Burn also runs through the park.
Slightly confusingly the area is actually an amalgamation of Mungall Park, Taylor Park, Recreation Park and MacRosty Park. The four parks retain their own history and identity but are collectively known as MacRosty Park.
With fine view across Strathearn and towards Ben Chonzie, MacRosty Park (named after its benefactor James MacRosty) has been an attraction for over 100 years.
The park is situated on the west side of Crieff, with a large car park at the foot of Milnab Street off of the A822.
There is an automated toilet on site which is available all year from 9am-7pm (24 hour access with a RADAR key, for more information, visit the RADAR website (www.radarkeys.org). There’s a 20p entrance fee.
Drummond Castle Gardens
A favourite with film directors (Outlander and Rob Roy), Drummond Castle Gardens are among the finest formal gardens in Europe.
First laid out in the early 17th century and redesigned and terraced in the 19th century, the gardens you see today were replanted in the 1950s, preserving features such as the ancient yew hedges and a mile-long copper beech tree avenue planted by Queen Victoria, to commemorate her visit in 1842.
The gardens, which are located just 4 kilometres outside Crieff, are open from May to October. The castle is not open to the public but the gardens offer marvellous views of the castle and surrounding countryside.
Tickets cost £6 (adults) and £2 (children). More information online at www.drummondcastlegardens.co.uk