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While we have long extolled the virtues of Dumfries and Galloway as a destination for garden tours, the neighbouring county of Ayrshire has been rather neglected - unfairly so, for there are a host of fine gardens to be discovered in this green and fertile county.

We visit grand properties such as Culzean Castle and Dumfries House, complemented by smaller, privately owned gardens. These include Burnside, with its wide range of plants; Carnell, where a traditional walled garden is backed by a 100-yard-long herbaceous border, and Barnweil, where a splendid garden has been created despite the challenges of soil and aspect. Further highlights include Blair House, a lovingly restored ‘sleeping beauty’; masses of colour at Auchlochan Walled Garden and Holmes Farm Nursery for a souvenir of our visit to Ayrshire.

We also offer the opportunity to visit the wonderful island of Arran, with visits to the private garden of Dougarie as well as to Brodick Castle with its woodland and walled gardens.

Tour highlights:

  • Architectural splendours and picturesque landscapes at Culzean Castle
  • Special access to private gardens
  • Traditional walled garden at Carnell
  • Guided tours of house and garden at magnificent Dumfries House
  • Optional excursion across the Firth of Clyde to Arran
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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
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