Gardens in the grounds of a Scottish castle are some of the most important formal gardens and are among the finest in Europe.
Aerial drone pictures by photographer Katie Arrowsmith show why.
The famous Drummond Castle Gardens, near Crieff, date back to 1630 and are described as “one of Europe’s most important and impressive formal gardens”.
A mile of beech-lined avenue leads to a formidable ridge-top tower house. Enter through the woven iron portcullis and suddenly revealed is a magnificent Italianate parterre – a formal garden laid out on a level area and made up of enclosed beds, separated by gravel.
First laid out in the early 17th century and redesigned and terraced in the 19th century, the gardens you see now were replanted in the 1950s, preserving features such as the ancient yew hedges and the copper beech trees planted by Queen Victoria, to commemorate her visit in 1842.
The stunning gardens featured in the United Artists film Rob Roy.
Drummond Castle is not open to the public, Visit Scotland said, but the gardens offer marvellous views of the building and the surrounding countryside.