11 days

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Our Grand Tour of Scotland’s finest gardens takes us from the open spaces of the far north to the wilds of the west; from the splendours of the south to the elegance of the east. The range of gardens is equally diverse, from the peace and calm of Malleny Garden in Edinburgh to the windy hilltop and lavish planting of Glenwhan, from the sub-tropical exoticism of Logan Botanic Gardens to the homely and traditional Castle of Mey.

We begin at Branklyn and Cluny gardens in Perthshire before driving along the ‘backbone’ of Scotland to Inverness. From here we strike out north to castles Dunrobin and Mey and west to Dundonnell and Inverewe, undoubtedly one of the highlights of the tour. Travelling through the Great Glen we savour the peace and quiet of the West Highlands, where the mild, damp climate, influenced by the Gulf Stream, promotes luxuriant growth in tranquil gardens such as Ardchattan, Arduaine and An Cala.

Moving south and west into Dumfries and Galloway we see more lush planting, with exotic plants from around the world flourishing in this mild climate. Then we move on into the softer, more rounded landscapes of the Border country to see two marvellous gardens before we come full circle back to Edinburgh and conclude in the distinguished surroundings of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

NC500: Please note that this itinerary features part of the North Coast 500, the highly scenic coastal route which begins and ends in Inverness.

Tour highlights:

  • Exotic planting at Inverewe, Arduaine and Logan Botanic Gardens
  • The late Queen Mother’s homely and much loved rose garden at the Castle of Mey
  • Peaceful, loch-side gardens in Argyll
  • The great woodland gardens of Ardkinglas and Glenarn
  • The stately surroundings of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Departure Points

Location Depart Return
Bus stop on North Hanover Street, opposite Queens Street Station
08.00 18.30
Marriott Hotel, Glasgow Rd
09.15 16.00
Halbeath P&R
09.45 16.30
Moto Services, M90
10.00 16.45
Broxden P&R
11.30 17.15

Please note pick-up points are subject to minimum numbers and all timings are approximate and may be changed. They will be confirmed when the joining instructions are sent out, approximately ten days prior to departure.

Please note there is a certain amount of walking involved and some gardens have steep slopes and paths that can be slippery when wet. Appropriate footwear and clothing are essential. This tour may not therefore be suitable for anyone with limited mobility.



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