THE GARDENS AND CASTLE OF SCOTLAND
with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
May 16 - 28, 2016
$3,795 per person*, based on double occupancy.
Single supplement -- add $950.
*EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT - Book and deposit by October 31 to save $100 per person
13 days/11 nights
Airfare extra - not included.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum discovered Scotland in September, 2013, and the trip was a smashing success. So we've decided to return to Scotland in the Springtime, when and rhododendruns and azaleas are in bloom, and so many beautiful gardens are beginning to blossom. And there are so many gardens to choose from that we had a terrible time trying to narrow down our choices for this tour. We've chosen to return to a few of the gardens we visited in 2013, and we are adding some new visits as well.
We'll begin our journey in Glasgow, and visit the Glasgow Botanical Garden as well as Greenbank Garden, two repeat visits which were enjoyed by everyone previously. We'll stay at a beautiful hotel just outside Glasgow to make it easy for our visit the next day to the Isle of Bute, where we'll visit three new gardens -- Ardencraig, Ascog Hall and Mount Stewart. The following day we'll venture north and west, making stops at Benmore Garden, Crarae and Arduaine Gardens. After our overnight near Arduaine, overlooking the Sound of Jura. From here we'll venture westward towards the Isle of Skye, one of the most picturesque spots in Scotland, where we'll spend time exploring the Isle and visiting its sites, coastal vistas and Dunvegan Castle, home of the Macdonald Clan. Inverewe Garden, on the very northwest coast of mainland Scotland, was on our itinerary last time, and we marveled at the construction of this garden, literally carved out of nothing along a rugged coastline to form one of Scotland most beautiful gardens. We'll visit Inverness, on the north of Loch Ness, where we'll cruise on the Loch on our way to visit the ruins of Urquhart Castle. We'll visit the battlefield of Culloden, site of the last battle on British soil in 1746, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite army were defeated by British troops, ending any hope of restoring the Stewarts to the throne. We continue on to Aberdeen, to see Pitmedden Garden, David Welch's Winter Garden and Crathes Castle. After our overnight outside of Aberdeen, we'll have a chance to visit a distillery to sample the "water of life", as Scotch Whiskey is called, followed by visits to the Explorer's Garden in Pitlochery and Drummond Castle Garden, near Crieff. We’ll end our journey in historical Edinburgh, home of Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile. What a great way to end our journey through Scotland. Edinburgh has shopping, pubs, castles, the Whiskey Center and so much more! Our hotel is right in the heart of Edinburgh, near shopping and of course, pubs! In Edinburgh, we'll visit the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh, followed by a lovely Scottish evening, complete with Scottish food, drink and entertainment.
For more information, click here for a brochure of The Gardens and Castles of Scotland.