Gardens of the Scottish Borders

Gardens of the Scottish Borders

Gardens of the Scottish BordersScotland
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33 Nights
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    Your Guided Garden Tour of the Scottish Borders

    Let's uncover some remarkable scenery in Scotland on this 3-night garden break. Our tour will begin at Dawyck Botanic Garden to see its impressive worldwide tree collection and then we make our way to our base in the market town of Kelso, which is known for its historic architecture. On a tour of Abbotsford House & Garden, we'll learn more about Sir Walter Scott, a renowned Scottish historian, novelist and playwright who lived there from 1812 until his death in 1832 and who even designed the gardens himself. We'll discover Carolside - an 18th century mansion, Harmony Garden which offers wonderful views across Melrose Abbey and Floors Castle & Garden, the largest inhabited castle in Scotland. We'll also explore Mertoun House Gardens, which overlooks the River Tweed, and Kailzie Gardens with its array of diverse plants. Travel with us and be inspired by these incredible gardens of Scotland.

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    Dawyck Botanic Garden & Kelso


    Depart Dublin & Dawyck Botanic Garden

    Time: MorningMorning

    Today we meet with our expert gardener Iain MacDonald at Dublin airport for our flight to Edinburgh where we will transfer to Dawyck Botanic Garden. Nestled in the picturesque Scottish Borders, Dawyck is home to one of Scotland’s finest tree collections and to an abundance of plant treasures from Nepal, Chile, China and more.


    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    Later this afternoon we will transfer to our hotel in the market town of Kelso where our tour will be based.

    Dine as a group this evening in our hotel.

    Abbotsford House & Garden, Carolside Garden and Harmony Garden


    Abbotsford House & Garden

    Time: MorningMorning

    Following a leisurely breakfast, we depart our hotel for a visit to Abbotsford House & Garden, the home of Sir Walter Scott. The rooms of this stately home were left just as Scott kept them after his death and are packed full of the fascinating items he collected. The garden, designed by Sir Walter Scott,  is distinct in character with a layout forming three outdoor ‘rooms’ designed to offer picturesque settings for the main house.  It is a rare surviving example of a Regency garden layout.        

    Carolside Gardens

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    Next, we visit Carolside Gardens which has been cultivated for over 200 years and is known for its soft and delicate herbaceous planting, striking Delphinium beds and subtle colour schemes. Its design of rooms include a Secret Garden, Winter Garden, Herb Garden and oval Walled Garden.

    Harmony Garden

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    Our final visit today is to Harmony Garden at Melrose Abbey with its manicured lawns, scented borders and fruit & vegetable beds spread out from a beautifully proportioned Georgian manor house.

    Floors Castle & Garden and Mertoun House Gardens


    Floors Castle & Garden

    Time: MorningMorning

    This morning join us on a visit to Scotland’s largest inhabited castle , Floors Castle & Garden. Built between 1721 and 1726 for the 1st Duke of Roxburghe the gardens of this magnificent estate has many highlights including a Walled Garden, Tapestry Garden and formal Millennium Garden.

    Mertoun House Gardens

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    This afternoon we will visit Mertoun House Gardens – a garden full of interesting plants, shrubs and trees overlooking the River Tweed. Highlights include a well preserved, circular dovecot dating to 1567 , ornamental pond, herbaceous borders, arboretum and sweeping lawns.

    Kailzie Gardens, Portmore Gardens & Return Home


    Kailzie Gardens

    Time: MorningMorning

    After checking out of our hotel we will depart for a morning visit to Kailzie Gardens to discover 20 acres of gardens and woodlands laid down by generations of passionate gardeners. All the elements of a classic garden are set off by the magnificent 19th century walled garden featuring one of the oldest surviving Mackenzie and Moncur Glasshouses, herbaceous borders, hedges, immaculate lawns and a formal rose garden.

    Portmore Gardens

    Time: AfternoonAfternoon

    This afternoon join us on a visit to the old Victorian gardens at Portmore. The 1.5 acre Walled Garden has herbaceous double borders, a potager, rose garden, pleached lime walk and ornamental fruit cages. Other highlights include large Victorian glasshouses with contain an Italianate Grotto.

    Return to Dublin

    Transfer to Edinburgh airport after a wonderful few days discovering the Gardens of The Scottish Borders.

    * 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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