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Classic Scotland Garden Tour

Classic Scotland Garden Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: First Class Hotels

Start Date: 7 Nights / 8 Days

Group Size: Any Group Size

This eight day tour includes the finest gardens and castles in Scotland. Beginning in Edinburgh and travelling through the splendour of the Highlands to the Speyside area. On the west coast you see exotic plants, benefiting from the warm waters of the Gulf Stream.

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The aim of this tour is to experience the beautiful, remote Scottish scenery and to visit the best gardens that the country has to offer. The tour takes in a large area of Scotland, from Edinburgh to the Highlands and the west coast. Many places we stop have a dual interest with many important gardens often in the grounds of historic houses and castles.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Edinburgh Gardens - Botanic Garden

Day 1: Edinburgh Gardens - Botanic Garden

We start our tour in one of the World’s greatest cities, Edinburgh. The ROYAL BOTANIC GARDEN are regarded as one of the planets best gardens and it stretches over 70 beautiful landscaped gardens only a mile from the centre of the city. There are highlights throughout the year from the winter to summer. MALLNEY GARDEN has been restored to stimulate the sense with a large range of fragrant plants. From a delightful collection of old fashioned roses to lavender and herbs, it makes high summer a delight. INVERESK LODGE has many unusual plants in an informal and wild setting.

Day 2: Glamis Castle - Crathes Castle

Day 2: Glamis Castle - Crathes Castle

Travelling towards the north east, GLAMIS CASTLE is one of Scotland’s greatest castles, more a French Chateau than a medieval castle. For over 600 years it has been the family home of the Earls of Strathmore and the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This stunning estate has several gardens to explore including a walled garden and Italian garden. CRATHES CASTLE is another wonderful tower house set in a 600 acre estate. The 4 acre walled gardens has been developed over the last 300 years and have 8 themes. The greenhouses have the National Collection of Carnations.

Day 3: Cawdor Castle - Brodie Castle - Inverness

Day 3: Cawdor Castle - Brodie Castle - Inverness

Travelling north east and through some of the most iconic Scottish scenery, we will arrive at CAWDOR CASTLE. This is a magical place made famous by Shakespeare as the home of Macbeth, it is a fairly tale castle over 600 years old. Today, it is a family home with three gardens with the oldest kitchen about 400 years old. The other gardens are the flower and wild gardens. BRODIE CASTLE is set in rich parkland on the Moray Coast. The woodland trees and plants are rightly famous with the spring carpets of daffodils, the season highlight. INVERNESS has spectacular summer beds along the river path.

Day 4: Dunrobin Castle - Castle of Mey

Day 4: Dunrobin Castle - Castle of Mey

DUNROBIN CASTLE is set in a glorious position and is home of the Dukes of Sutherland. Dating back to the 1300s, the castle was inspired by Versailles. The famous architect Charles Barry laid the gardens out in 1850. They nestle below the castle stretching down to the sea and have a surprising range of plants due to their sheltered position. The coast road north travels to The CASTLE OF MEY. This is the home of the Late Queen Mother and the garden is surrounded by a twelve foot wall – the Great Wall of Mey. On an exposed site, this allows a wide range of plants from roses, dahlias and climbers to grow.

Day 5: UNESCO Geopark - Inverewe Garden

Day 5: UNESCO Geopark - Inverewe Garden

Travelling along the coast road you will see Scotland at is most wild and beautiful. Travelling first west then south we will travel past lochs and fjords broken by jagged snow-capped peaks. This huge area of the Highlands is one of UNESCO’s newest areas of protection, a GEOPARK. As we travelling we will see a number of beauty spots including Smoo Cave – a 200 foot sea cave and the outstanding scenery of the Torridon Estate. INVEREWE GARDEN is a 50 acre garden with an exotic mix of vibrant colour thanks to the effect of the warm gulf stream. Plants from all over the world create one of the most beautiful places in Scotland.

Day 6: Highlands - Arduaine - Crarae

Day 6: Highlands - Arduaine - Crarae

Driving through the mountains and towards Fort William, we will stop at the COMMANDO MEMORIAL to see the unrivalled views of Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. To the south, are two gardens close to each other, ARDUAINE and Crarae. Arduaine is a surprising south facing garden overlooking the Sound of Jura. Especially known for many rare and tender plants, the garden is particularly good in the Spring. CRARAE is Britain’s finest example of an exotic woodland garden based on the Himalayas. For the last part of today, we will travel to Glasgow along Loch Lomond.

Day 7: Culzean Castle - Drumlanrig Castle

Day 7: Culzean Castle - Drumlanrig Castle

CULZEAN CASTLE is set on the west coast cliffs tops and was transformed from a simple tower house by the architect, Robert Adam into one of the country’s greatest houses. Within the 600 acre estate the walled garden has colour and flowers all year. Other highlights include the herb, wildlife and extensive herbaceous borders. One of the most important castles in the area is DRUMLANRIG. This opulent C17th castle has connections with Mary Queen of Scots and Robert Burns. The estate stretches to 9000 acres of which 40 are formal gardens. These include the terrace, long border and the parterres.

Day 8: Dawyck - Traquair House - Little Sparta

Day 8: Dawyck - Traquair House - Little Sparta

DAWYCK Botanic Garden is managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens and is regarded as one of the world’s finest arboreta. With something of interest throughout the year from the Spring Azaleas to vibrant Fall colours. Close-by is the country’s oldest house, TRAQUAIR HOSUE which dates back to the C12th. Set in beautiful grounds; the house has many parts worth exploring including a walled garden and rare breeds. It even has its own brewery. Our final garden is a modern garden, created in 1985; LITTLE SPARTA. Full of statues, arts and memorials the garden expresses late C20th design.


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