- Small group escorted tour of exceptional historic and contemporary Scottish Gardens
- Accommodation in good quality 4* Hotels : Macdonald Cardrona Hotel and the Apex Grassmarket Hotel.
- Luxury Transportation by private coach accompanied by experienced tour guide with botanical knowledge.
- All breakfasts, 4 Lunches and 4 Dinners included.
- Visit 13 gardens including the world famous Garden of Cosmic Speculation and Carolside, one of the most beautiful gardens in Scotland.
- Visit to a Whiskey Distillery and a boat trip around Bass Rock, one of the wildlife wonders of the world.
On this tour we discover some of the best gardens in the Scottish lowlands. Staying at two good quality 4 star hotels, over the course of 8 days you’ll visit 13 gardens including the world famous Garden of Cosmic Speculation and Carolside, one of the most beautiful gardens in Scotland. With a city visits to charming Berwick-upon-Tweed and the City of Edinburgh there will be plenty of time to experience Scottish culture. Other highlights of this trip are visit to a Whiskey Distillery and a boat trip around Bass Rock, one of the wildlife wonders of the world.
Macdonald Cardrona Hotel : 3 nights
Apex Grassmarket Hotel : 4 nights
DAY 1 – SUNDAY JUNE 21, 2020 ARRIVAL IN EDINBURGH – DINNER INCLUDED
Arrival in Edinburgh and make your own way to our welcoming hotel using taxis arranged by us. This evening meet your tour leader and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at the hotel.
DAY 2 – MONDAY JUNE 22, 2020 – FLOORS CASTLE, CAROLSIDE – LUNCH AND DINNER INCLUDED
After breakfast we travel to Kelso and visit Floors Castle, a splendid castle with garden, a walled garden and nursery. We have reserved lunch for you here. In the afternoon we visit Carolside in Earlston, one of the most beautiful gardens in Scotland. At the end of the day, we return to Macdonald Cardrona Hotel for dinner at leisure.
DAY 3 – TUESDAY JUNE 23, 2020 – STOBSHIEL HOUSE, NORTH BERWICK, PORTRACK HOUSE, PORTMORE HOUSE – BREAKFAST & DINNER INCLUDED
We depart for Humbie and visit Stobshiel House, the private garden of Sir Maxwell & Lady Sarah Ward where we will have coffee and tea in privileged surroundings. Following our visit here we travel to the city of North Berwick for some free time and lunch (not included). In the afternoon, travel to Portrack House and visit the world famous Garden of Cosmic Speculation designed by Charles Jencks. Towards the end of the day we visit Portmore in Eddleston and then return to our hotel for dinner at leisure.
DAY 4 – WEDNESDAY JUNE 24, 2020 – KAILZIE GARDENS, MACPLANTS NURSERY, BROADWOODSIDE GARDEN – BREAKFAST & LUNCH INCLUDED
After breakfast we travel to Kailzie Gardens where we will have lunch together (included). In the afternoon, we visit Macplants nursery and then travel to visit Broadwoodside garden in Gifford. We then depart for Edinburgh and check into our welcoming hotel where we will stay for the next three nights. Dinner is on your own.
DAY 5 – THURSDAY JUNE 25, 2020 – EDINBURGH BOTANIC GARDEN, EDINBURGH, BREAKFAST INCLUDED
This morning we visit famous Edinburgh Botanic Garden, probably one of the best botanic gardens in the world. After our visit, we travel into the center of Edinburgh where you will have time to explore the city and have lunch on your own. This evening, dinner is on your own.
DAY 6 – FRIDAY 26 JUNE 2020 – BASS ROCK, BERWICK-UPON-TWEED, TYNINGHAME HOUSE – BREAKFAST INCLUDED
Today, we travel to the coast for a boat tour of Bass Rock, often cited as being one of the wildlife wonders of the world. We then visit Berwick-upon-Tweed for some free time and lunch at leisure. In the afternoon, we visit Tyninghame House and tour the splendid gardens accompanied by the Head Gardener. We return to our hotel. Dinner is on your own.
DAY 7 – FRIDAY 27 JUNE 2020 SHEPHERD HOUSE, WHISKEY DISTILLERY, EDINBURGH – BREAKFAST & LUNCH & DINNER INCLUDED con
We start our day by visiting Shepherd House garden owned by Lord & Lady Fraser. Set in one acre, Shepherd House garden has been recognized as being one of the best small gardens in Scotland. After our visit we will have lunch at a local restaurant. No visit to Scotland is complete without visiting a Whiskey Distillery. Before lunch we’ll have a guided tour of a Distillery and discover the secrets of Scotch Whisky production. We return to the hotel for a little relaxation and free timein Edinburgh before meeting in the hotel restaurant for an included group farewell dinner.
DAY 8 – SATURDAY 28 JUNE 2020 – DEPARTURE
Following breakfast this morning, we transfer to Edinburgh airport and the group disperses. Or why not stay on in Edinburgh to continue your journey? Post-tour nights at this hotel are available at a supplement.
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