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.
The climate in May can be bracing and/or sunny and warm. It is recommended to bring waterproofs, in case, a warm fleece and sturdy 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 gardens are extensive and some are on hillsides. Reasonable walking ability to enjoin the gardens is required.