03 – 08 September 2018
We visit some superb garden and pass through some of Scotland’s most spectacular countryside with mountains, lush lowlands and scenic coastlines. All the gardens are privately owned with a surprising collection of plants growing on the north west coast in Wester Ross warmed by the Gulf Stream. Wonderful gardens are to be found on the colder north east coast.
The gardens and countryside are stunning at the beginning of September, an ideal time to visit.
A beautiful luxurious 18C country house at Novar is our first base. Situated in the scenic Highlands near Evanton in Ross-shire it is surrounded by a country estate with extensive woodlands and farmland. We continue to the delightful Culloden House Hotel near Inverness, a fine Georgian mansion designed by Robert Adam. It has a four acre walled garden recently restored with interesting plantings. The house lodged Bonny Prince Charlie prior to the fateful battle of Culloden Moor.
You will be accompanied by Paddy Scott as tour leader. Paddy has a long involvement in the promotion of Scottish gardens.
20 – 25 May 2018
With a mild climate influenced by the Gulf Stream, gardens of Dumfries and especially Galloway are lush and richly planted with shrubs and trees from all over the world.
May is a perfect time to visit the stunning gardens which will be in full springtime blossom.
We stay initially at the comfortable, welcoming Dumfries House Lodge situated in the parkland near the House. We continue to Knockinaam Lodge in a secluded bay on the coast in Galloway. An exceptionally well-appointed small country house hotel with an excellent restaurant serving local, seasonal dishes.
The hotel garden reaches down to the sea shore, bluebells grow on the hillside and wildlife can be seen early in the morning.
Accompanied by Paddy Scott as tour leader, Paddy has a long involvement in the promotion of Scottish gardens.