If you mention the name "Blair Drummond" in Scotland, most people immediately think of Blair Drummond Safari Park, Scotland's only Safari and Leisure Park which was established in the 1970s.
However, the Safari park was developed on land which previously had belonged to the estate of this splendid house which sits above and to the northwest of the park and about four miles northwest of Stirling and a mile south of Doune. The pointer on the map is approximately where I was standing to take this picture - i.e. I was in the Safari park!
During the 18th Century Blair Drummond was the home of Henry Home, Lord Kames (1696 - 1792), an enlightened landlord who set about clearing the deep moss of the carse lands with a view to agricultural improvement. The scheme was initiated in 1766 and within a few decades the greater part of Blair Drummond and Flanders Moss had been converted to productive farmland by both Lord Kames and his improving neighbours. Lord Kames was a Law Lord and leading light of the Scottish enlightenment during the second half of the 18th century.
The present three-storeyed baronial house, designed by J.C. Walker and built in 1868-1872, replaced an earlier mansion created by Alexander McGill in 1715. The house had major rebuilding and refurbishment in 1921-1922 following a severe fire. The house was sold in 1977 to the Camphill Trust who use it to care for the handicapped and today 48 ha (119 acres) of the 607 ha (1500 acres) Blair Drummond Estate are given over to the very successful Safari park.
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macjake (70519) 2014-07-31 16:42
another beautiful piece of work here.
this has fairy-tale written all over it.
really like the way the trees and leaves cover the house, or should i say mansion?
but this place shouldn't have anything to hide :)
looking at how large the mansion is, its surprising how small and tiny the windows are!
another lovely presentation John, the lighting and colors are very attractive
photoray (13981) 2014-07-31 18:05
An impressive multi storied gothic mansion with numerous conical towers dominating, and viewed over the dense tree tops.
I would think the Blair Drummond House would make for a fine hotel and a bonus with being next to the Safari Park?
thanks for sharing,
jjcordier (79297) 2014-07-31 21:54
Excellente photo de ce superbe château remarquablement bien éclairé. Très bon cadrage.
COSTANTINO (67370) 2014-07-31 22:13
Hello dear friend
wonderful postcard showing this megalicious
ancient castle with so many towers around it
the ligt and colors are very attractive
and your notes useful and top interesting
for those who love history
have a nice weekedn
emka (102666) 2014-07-31 22:59
Hi John, On my screen something is wrong with the map, it is blank. And it is difficult to believe you are standing in Safari Park! Where are the lions and elephants? I want to see them! I am joking :). Fantastic castle built in the style of medieval ones. Lovely presentation. I like this tower covered with the creeper. Fresh photo - today made, next day posted. You made nice trip. I was in Stirling in the castle where may Queen of Scots was crowned. I had no idea that there were other attractions nearby.
WArm regrads MAlgo
lousat (94786) 2014-08-01 1:23
Hi John,truly beautiful this house with a lot of interesting things happened in its long life,the note about its history are very very interesting,and the pic too is a masterwork,a great capture with the trees as a natural frame and the best choice of the moment with the best light too! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Royaldevon (41060) 2014-08-01 1:57
Good Morning John,
Now this is an amazing residence with its plethora of turrets like something from Rapunzel! The fact that it is rising from the undergrowth seems to add links to other fairy stories! I don't think this is accidental, your good composition, with trees diagonally occupying the f/g, has created this allusion.
I love how the light brings out the colours on the wrap-around ivy, giving a very 3D effect.
A photograph that elicits a sense of mystery. It's a pity its not open to the public.
Have a great w/e,
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-08-01 3:04
Hello John -
What a wonderful shot. The house is so beautiful and I like the way it appears over the tops of the trees which, I think, add to the sense of place. Good light brings out the colours in the building materials and give a warmth to the old stonework. A romantic, fairytale building and a classy, well managed shot.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-01 5:44
my maternal Great Grandfather was born in Stirling, not in this house I would add, so any shots from this part of Scotland intrigue me and grab my attention. I have only ever been north of the border once in my life and it was long before I did any ancestry tracing. I really should get up and see a bit more of Scotland before you shut the borders ;-P. This place looks wonderful and you have captured its presence and majesty perfectly.
Have a good weekend - B.
rbassin (24003) 2014-08-01 5:52
une bonne photo de ce château,bon cadrage avec la végétation qui environne cette architecture de pierre et de tourelles, ce qui crée un bon contraste.
Nicou (146864) 2014-08-01 7:44
Avec la belle végétation quelle compo et vue superbe image quel cadrage et mise en valeur et ces tourelles avec celles recouvertes de lierres superbe compo.
bravo et amitié
Noel_Byrne (32542) 2014-08-01 12:54
I like this post a lot, I always had a soft spot for baronial style with its fairy tale turrets, it's such a unique type of building, in all Ireland I only know one house of this style (blarney house in cork) so a real pleasure To view this majestic mansion. Looking at it through the trees like this makes it seem like a secret magical place and it also makes the scene be broken beautifully into thirds. The green foreground, architectural centre and soft blue sky all work perfectly together.
Have a great weekend
carlo62 (52142) 2014-08-01 15:10
non ha niente da invidiare a un vecchio castello medievale.
Sembra perfettamente inserito nella natura circostante, anche la sua architettura sembra imitarla, con molte torri slanciate di diverse altezze, proprio come gli alberi di un bosco.
Bel colpo e bella condivisione.
npecanhuk (75736) 2014-08-01 17:42
Attractive and beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
annjackman (21901) 2014-08-03 2:27
What a lovely castle nestled in the trees. The lighting is exquisite and the textured, grey sky seems to help the castle 'pop' from the page. A great subject for you.
Kind Regards, Ann
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (26138)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-07-30
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, HOYA 67mm HMC SUPER UV(0)
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-31 16:25