Muthill Museum
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Muthill Museum is located right in the heart of the village, beside the old church and tower. It is in a small house dating to around 1760, and that's about all I can reveal. I don't know when the museum opens. There is no sign in the window that might give a clue, and all in all I reckon it's a pretty bad show. I was through on a Saturday and it was shut. I asked a few folk; some didn't know (you've got a museum in your little village and you don't know when it opens? Come on!), some thought maybe 2pm. It didn't open at 2pm, and in the end I gave up and went away. Listen you Muthill folk, if you're going to have a museum that opens now and then, maybe even one run by volunteers, then at least have the decency to put a little sign in the window so that visitors might know when it opens. Sheeesht!
This is an old church and tower - what more do you need to know? This was where the Culdees hung out - them with the big mouths. Basically, it's all ruinous, although rather attractive ruins, it must be said. The Romanesque tower is not something you see every day of the week. In fact, I've never seen one of this shape before. Clearly, the Culdees were important folk. There is an information panel near the entrance to the church yard. Amongst other things, it tells you to look out for certain things inside the tower. Well, the tower is... wait for it... NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. It has a stout wooden door that is well locked. For good. (Forgive me, but Muthill is starting to irritate me somewhat.) It is looked after by Historic Scotland, who are usually on the ball with such things, but clearly not in Muthill. Nevertheless, for all my moaning, the ruins are without doubt worthy of a good long peep.
The entrance to Drummond Gardens sits between Muthill and Crieff, about a mile north of the former. There is no pavement, and the road is fast and busy, so I would strongly urge you not to walk on this road. To reach the gardens you could either catch a bus from Muthill (followed by a walk along a driveway that is just over a mile), or you could take the narrow road on the left on Muthill's outskirts - the one that is signposted for the golf course. After the golf course, which will be on your left, you'll need to take the right fork in the road. Total distance to Drummond Gardens this way is just over three miles, and so should take about an hour. The gardens are part of a big castle, but the castle is not open to the public. In addition, facilities are limited. There is no tearoom; merely some ice-cream or soft drinks to scoff on the hoof. All that said, the gardens are stunningly beautiful, and if in the area you should probably not miss them. They are regarded as 'One of the finest formal gardens in Europe.' You should anticipate lots of sighing moments and spells of awe. Look out for the trees - some are like gigantic toadstools! [Admittance charge in 2012 was £5 adults, £4 concession, and £2 children.]
I didn't have time to do this walk, so you're on your own here. From what I can gather, it's a nice  walk of around 6 miles, well-signposted, but can be muddy at times. I saw an information panel giving some details near Muthill Museum, and I'm sure there was some sort of signpost near Muthill Parish Church. So just go for it. It's sometimes exciting when you're not one hundred per cent sure what to expect. Just be careful, and we aware that 6 miles will take you just over two hours. Check the 'Crieff - Ale' page for a great place to wet your whistle on arrival (clue: THE TOWER).
Muthill's old church ruins and Romanesque tower, as they look today, in 2012
The stunning layout at Drummond Gardens
How Muthill's old church and Romanesque tower looked in the early 1800s - taken from information panel at entrance
Drummond Gardens, and castle, in 2012
Map on the information panel in Muthill on the River Earn Path to Crieff