Some Information about Drum Castle

Jacobite tales whisper through the medieval grand hall of this castle

  • Visit one of Scotland’s oldest tower houses.
  • Stroll through the Old Wood of Drum, home to oak trees dating from the 1700s.
  • Admire Drum’s exquisite chapel, built in the 1500s.
  • Relax amid the heady scents of roses in the walled garden.

The sweep of 700 years of history is stamped into Drum’s battlements, medieval square tower and sprawling extensions.

The Royal Forest and Barony of Drum were given to William de Irwyn by Robert the Bruce in 1323. Later a Jacobean mansion house was added, and in the Victorian era the lower hall was converted to a library, now containing a mighty 4,000 books.

The beautiful walled garden is divided into quadrants that show how garden design has developed from the 17th to the 20th century, with an especial focus on roses.

The ancient oak forest adjoins the castle, providing a sense of continuity through the centuries and a home for red kites, roe deer, red squirrels and badgers.

(For those seeking historical information, please refer to the following book:  The Irwin Surname its Origins, Diaspora and Early Branches, by James M. Irvine.)