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Gardens of South West Scotland
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Gardens of South West Scotland

  • 4 Night Holiday
  • Half Board
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A quaint and historic region of Scotland, the South West is host to exceptional views and a pleasant climate which contributes to the abundance of beautiful verdant gardens. 

Once again we visit the South West of Scotland, which aided by the Gulf Stream, has a wide range of the more tender plants not usually associated with other parts of this country. 

This is the tour for those of you who dislike flying and airports as we travel on our own coach directly from Dublin to Larne and then a short ferry journey to Cairnryan.

Iain MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener and guide, escorts this tour and will be available at all times to help and advise you.

 

 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Pounds Sterling (£)
Climate

Scotland's climate is moderate. August is an ideal time to visit Scotland with an average daytime temperature of 16°C and the gardens in full bloom.

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: £1.50
  • Beer: £3.00
  • Glass of wine: £3.50
  • Light meal: £9.00
  • Soft Drink: £1.00
  • Bottled Water: £.90
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Walking stick - if you use one

Holiday highlights

Castle Kennedy Gardens

Over 75 acres and often described as ‘one of the showpieces of Galloway’, Castle Kennedy is one of Scotland's most important historical landscaped gardens with an extensive collection of Rhododendrons, Championship Trees and rare species.

Glenwhan Gardens 

A 12 acre garden filled with a variety of plants, plus a beautiful moorland flower walk occupied by local wildlife, a tree trail and a plant centre for you to browse. 

Culzean Castle

Set on a clifftop, the extensive estate around the castle boasts woodlands, beautiful views and extensive landscaped gardens. 

Threave Gardens & Estate

A series of spectacular gardens created over the years by students of The Scotland National Trust's School of Heritage Gardening. Explore the rock garden, patio garden, secret garden, water features, heathers, conifers and herbaceous perennials, as well as the walled garden and glasshouses complete with many fruits and vegetables.

Logan Botanic Gardens

Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the Logan Botanic Gardens sit on the south-western tip of Scotland and is home to a wide variety of exotic plants. Wander through the walled gardens with its colourful flowers and lily pond, enjoy the woodland gardens and stroll to the highest point of the garden for incredible views over the Rhins to the Galloway Hills and beyond.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Pounds Sterling (£)
Climate

Scotland's climate is moderate. August is an ideal time to visit Scotland with an average daytime temperature of 16°C and the gardens in full bloom.

Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. EU citizens do not need a visa, however non-EU citizens should check with their embassy.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: £1.50
  • Beer: £3.00
  • Glass of wine: £3.50
  • Light meal: £9.00
  • Soft Drink: £1.00
  • Bottled Water: £.90
Packing List
  • Your valid passport
  • A rain jacket
  • A small backpack
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera
  • Walking stick - if you use one

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 - Travelling to Cairnryan, Castle Kennedy Gardens

Morning

Ferry Crossing

This morning, meet your garden guide, Iain MacDonald and your coach at The Alex Hotel, Fenian Street, Dublin. Transfer to Larne for your P&O Ferries crossing from Larne to Cairnryan (sailing 13:30).  

Afternoon

Castle Kennedy Gardens

On arrival, we visit our first garden, Castle Kennedy. This picturesque ruin is situated on a peninsula and, thanks to the Gulf Stream has a unique microclimate. It is surrounded by a richly planted walled garden, which in turn is encircled by formal gardens. Transfer to Stranraer to our beautifully located hotel. Dine together as a group each evening.

Day 2 - Glenwhan Garden, Culzean Castle and Garden.

Morning

Glenwhan Gardens & Culzean Castle

After breakfast depart for a visit to the private garden of Tessa & Bill Knott – Glenwhan - a magical 12 acre garden with breathtaking views over Luce Bay. Vast collections of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are arranged around a series of lakes and bog gardens

Afternoon

Culzean Castle & Garden

A contrast in the afternoon, when we visit Culzean Castle, perched on the Ayrshire cliffs. It was designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th century and is filled to the turrets with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived here.; a gothic house in a splendid cliff top location. Free time for lunch before exploring the 40 acres of gardens which feature an orangery, pagoda, fountains and walled garden and secret follies.

Day 3 - Threave Castle Gardens, Elizabeth MacGregor's Nursery & Garden, Broughton House Garden

Morning

Threave Castle Gardens and Elizabeth McGregor's Nursery & Garden

This morning visit Threave Gardens, a National Trust of Scotland garden which is used as a school of horticulture and has extensive plantings of specimen tress, shrubs and herbaceous borders. Then a visit to Elizabeth MacGregor’s small, award-winning nursery and garden on the outskirts of Kirkcudbright selling classic cottage garden plants In addition to the sales area, the nursery also boasts a half-acre formal garden. Thanks to its high curved walls, the garden provides a showcase for plants in their mature form. At its best from mid-summer, the garden's scents and colours are truly memorable. Stocks beds also allow the plants to propagate, giving rise to promising new trails of shrubbery.

Afternoon

Broughton House Garden

Free time for lunch and to explore Kirkcudbright, this delightful, coastal fishing village, known as ‘The Artist’s Town”. Then visit Broughton House home of the artist, E.A. Hornel, one of the Glasgow Boy painters, who created this delightful 1.5 acre garden in the early 20th century and fused old world cottage charm with fantasy Japanese elements

Day 4 - Dumfries House and Glenapp Castle

Morning

Dumfries House

Depart your hotel for a morning visit to Dumfries House, one of Britain's most beautiful stately homes. Set in 2,000 acres of land, this stunning estate and 18th-century house with its unrivalled collection of original furniture has something for everyone. Saved by the intervention of HRH, The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay in 2007, Dumfries House combines the neoclassical architecture of Robert Adam with the furniture of Thomas Chippendale and leading 18th-century Scottish cabinet makers.

Afternoon

Glenapp Castle Garden Visit & Cream Tea

Afternoon visit to Glenapp Castle with its thirty-six acres of castle grounds, tended lawns and pathways, surrounded by a vast array of exotic plants that have been collected since Victorian days. Visit the walled garden and Italian garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll, one of the pre-eminent garden designer of the early 20th century. After exploring the grounds enjoy a cream tea (included) with home-made scones and cakes in the newly restored tea rooms or surrounded by the lush vegetation of our 150 foot glass house.

Day 5 - Logan Botanic Gardens & Return to Dublin

Morning

Logan Botanic Gardens

Check out of your hotel this morning before enjoying a visit to the renowned Logan Botanic Gardens, probably the most exotic garden in Scotland. Caressed by the Gulf Stream, it specialises in southern hemisphere plants, with majestic tree ferns adding scale and structure to the luxuriantly planted walled garden with its magnificent herbaceous borders. Free time for lunch in their lovely cafe.

Afternoon

Ferry Sailing & Return to Dublin

Transfer to Cairnryan for your afternoon ferry sailing to Larne (sailing time 16:30) On arrival travel onwards to The Alex Hotel, Fenian Street, Dublin.

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes.

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North West Castle Hotel 3

The family-run North West Castle Hotel is the former home of the Arctic explorer Sir John Ross and has the unique distinction of having its own curling rink. With well-equipped, comfortable rooms and a great location in Stranraer, it is an excellent base for exploring South West ... read more read more read more

The family-run North West Castle Hotel is the former home of the Arctic explorer Sir John Ross and has the unique distinction of having its own curling rink. With well-equipped, comfortable rooms and a great location in Stranraer, it is an excellent base for exploring South West Dumfries and Galloway.

Hotel address
North West Castle Hotel
Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, DG9 8EH


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