Gardens & Castles of Scotland
Visit gardens and castles from St. Andrew's to Aberdeen
Herbaceous borders, Walled gardens, Castle & Cottage gardens, Vegetable potagers, Woodland trails, Wildlife, Historical collectors and collections, Wildflower meadows and Roses.
A feast of colour, design and inspiration.
Details and Booking October 2022
Staying at the Links Hotel, Montrose (or similar),our five-day tour will visit a variety of gardens including:
Glamis Castle, wander at leisure through the extensive grounds, the Italian Garden and the Walled Garden (includes guided tour of castle).
Pitmuies Garden, noted for its long borders of herbaceous perennials, Delphiniums, Roses and loch-side walk.
Crathes Castle, famous walled garden, ancient Yew hedges and opportunity for spotting Red Squirrel, Roe Deer, Woodpeckers, Buzzards and Heron along one of the six waymarked trails. (includes entry to castle).
Carig Dhubh, near Pitlochry, which, despite being on sand and rock achieves splendid Meconopsis, climbing Roses, shrubs, giant Cardiocrinum and a variety of herbaceous plants. The cakes are excellent too.
The Explorer’s Garden, Pitlochry. This unique garden celebrates the fascinating lives of many Scottish Plant Hunters including Archibald Menzies, George Forrest, David Douglas and Robert Fortune. An included guided tour of 1.5 hours will highlight their astounding lives and explain why the gardens look as they do today.
As an afternoon alternative some people may choose to visit the Pitlochry Distillery instead.
The Tower, Tay Bridge. A garden of many parts including a rockery, stream & waterfall, perennial borders, a vegetable garden and hidden corners, all set with spectacular views over The Tay Bridge
Wormistoune House, described as a horticultural jewel with formal hedges, intimate garden rooms, an elaborate thistle shaped parterre and wildflower meadow. An absolute gem
Cambo Gardens, a Walled Garden containing naturalist perennial planting, woodland borders, roses, tulips and fruit & vegetables in a contemporary potager.
Parkhead House Gardens, a gentle garden of meandering paths, unusual colourful borders an ancient Chesnut and much delight.
Many of the gardens provide delicious refreshments and the owners will outline a brief history of their garden.
In the event of a garden, particularly a SNGS garden
no longer being available, I will find suitable alternatives.
Price: tba; 5 days, 4 nights dinner, bed and full Scottish breakfast
based on two people sharing a twin or double room.
Some single rooms available. Includes entry to all gardens.
Pick-up points tba
It is essential you have your own comprehensive insurance.