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Great Gardens of North Scotland Tour

Great Gardens of North Scotland Tour

Introduction

Time: All Year

Accommodation: Traditional First Class

Start Date: 3 Nights / 4 Days

Group Size: Any Group Size

The North of Scotland supports a number of wonderful gardens and this tour takes in some wild and remote areas with hidden garden gems. From Cawdor in Speyside on the East Coast to Arduaine in the West, you will see an amazing selection of plants and flowers.

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This tour includes the wildest and most remote areas included in any of our tours. You will pass through spectacular Highland scenery not seen by most tourists to Scotland. Some gardens are in the grounds of huge castles whilst others are in sheltered valleys. The surprising range of plants found in these gardens will delight any gardener. Inverewe Garden, for instance, contains 50 acres of exotic plants which benefit from the warm waters of the west Coast.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Cawdor Castle - Brodie Castle

Day 1: Cawdor Castle - Brodie Castle

We can start this tour from any location and our first stop will be 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 2: Dunrobin Castle - Castle of Mey

Day 2: 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 3: UNESCO Geopark - Inverewe Garden

Day 3: 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 4: Highlands - Arduaine - Crarae

Day 4: 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.


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