She bangs the drums…

Nope, it’s not a post about The Stone Roses.
(Sorry if that’s what you were hoping for!)
This one goes out to Drum Castle, near Banchory.

She bangs the drums...

She bangs the drums...

We visited Drum waaaaay back in May last year,
it was one of my first days out after the big move to Aberdeen.

Visiting the castle was a double treat.
No, a triple treat.
Actually, too many treats to count.

For one,
I couldn’t wait to see more of the local area
and eventually explore a bit further afield.
(I hope!)

Wave your flag

Wave your flag

Drum is an interesting castle,
as it was home to one family for over 600 years.
The grounds contain a 13th Century woodland,
once a royal hunting ground for rabbits and roe deer
and now a Scottish Natural Heritage Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Somewhere, over the rooftops...

Somewhere, over the rooftops...

The castle, grounds and gardens are open to the public,
displaying paintings, shields and furniture
as accumulated by the Irvine family over the years.

I particularly liked the spiral staircases
(built to convenience smaller feet than my size 7s…)
and climbing up to the crenellated ramparts,
which look over the beautiful grounds.

Tulips

Tulips

Daffs

Daffs

Forget-me-nots

Forget-me-nots

I didn’t see any deer, maybe Fenton got there first?!

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