Scottish castle doubles for magnificent Palace of Versailles gardens


Drummond Fortress Gardens, near Crieff, Perthshire, doubles as the magnificent pleasure grouts of the French royal lace in a new episode of time travelling drama Outlander.

The organizes, which date back to 1630, are considered “the best example of formal terraced gardens in Scotland”.

Now they rtici te in VisitScotland’s new online guide to Outlander locations.

The map contains 11 new locations which feature in the second series of the drama, based on the bestselling novels by American maker Diana Gabaldon and starring Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan.

Much of the functioning in the second series of Outlander is set in France, where the Frasers take on a new way of entity after leaving Scotland.

However, locations such as Drummond Chѓteau Gardens — as well as Gosford House in East Lothian, Glasgow Cathedral and Dysart Harbour in Fife — served as fancied substitutes for French scenes.

Drummond Castle Gardens, which are shielded as a category A listed building — in contrast to the B listed castle — already charm thousands of visitors per year, and are included on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Scenes in Scotland.

The gardens — complete with peacocks — feature ancient yew hedges and the surviving beech tree planted by Queen Victoria in 1842.

But the grounds — which also featured in 1995 main attraction film Rob Roy, starring Liam Neeson — could now see a huge boost in tripper numbers thanks to the so-called “Outlander effect”.

Fans from all the way through the world flock to filming locations.

Head gardener Edith Barnes held: “The team here puts a lot of effort into making the gardens look their most outstanding and we’re delighted that fans of the series got to see them on screen in all their immortality.

“We hope visitors will see the hard work for themselves and maybe to be transported to another place and era through their beauty.”

Outlander middles around Claire Randall, a World War Two combat nurse living in the 1940s with her shush Frank. On a second honeymoon to Inverness, Claire goes to a stone tour and is mysteriously swept back in time to the Scottish Highlands in 1743.

She meets a brood Scottish warrior, Jamie Fraser, and falls for him, leaving her torn between her 18th and 20th century functions.

Although the storyline moves to France in the second series, Scotland that time provides much of the stunning scenery.

Fans of the hit Sony Pictures TV guide can follow in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire and visit locations shot in provinces such as Dumfries and Galloway, Fife and and The Trossachs.

The new map is VisitScotland’s biggest perpetually guide to Outlander sites, and also includes 18 locations from series one.

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