Perthshire has a rich variety of gardens which you can visit all year round. This a particularly popular destination in the autumn when the trees are changing colour.
Situated at Muthill near Crieff. One of the finest formal gardens in Europe, first laid out in the early 17th century. Gardens open at Easter, then from May to October 1pm - 6pm. Admission charge. Note: the castle itself is not open to the public.
The Hermitage Garden, by Dunkeld (National Trust for Scotland). Once part of one of the most important 18th century picturesque landscapes in Scotland, an attractive woodland walk leads though spectacularly large Douglas firs to the amazing folly, Ossian's Hall overlooking the Black Linn waterfall. A famous Douglas fir is one of the tallest trees in Britain. Open daily all year. Free admission.
Megginch Castle Gardens, Errol. 7 miles from Perth and 8 miles from Dundee. A 15th century castle, altered by Robert Adam in 1790, with a 19th century garden. Ancient yews, topiary, an astrological garden, a fountain parterre, a courtyard with a dovecote and a walled garden with a long herbaceous border. Open daily April to October 2pm to 5.30pm. Admission charge.
Near Perth. Once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, Scone Palace occupies a unique position in the history of Scotland. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated Stone of Scone - also known as the Stone of Destiny. The castle is open daily from 31 March - 31 October. Admission charges apply. Free admission to the Grounds each Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout November and mid December, February & March.