GOOD THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN MUTHILL
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!
MUTHILL OLD CHURCH AND TOWER
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
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.]
A LITTLE WALK - RIVER EARN PATH TO CRIEFF
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
' page for a great place to wet your whistle on arrival
(clue: THE TOWER).