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.
The climate in early September should be sunny and pleasantly warm though heavy rain showers can occur. Layers are recommended and good shoes for the garden visits. Smart casual for the evening.
Meals included are shown as B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). Often guests meet for drinks before dinner (optional).
Some extensive gardens and some steep paths and terraces. Reasonably ability to walk through a garden for a couple of hours with an owner or head gardener.