If you have a love of gardens and want to enjoy a staycation this summer, we’ve looked at the best places to experience the wonder of nature and green spaces.
Today we kick off with a look at some of Scotland’s grandest gardens.
It’s been hard to choose our top spots from so many wonderful locations across the country but we hope you enjoy them and they inspire even more ideas for a Horticultural Holiday in 2019.
Gordon Castle Walled Garden, Fochabers
Gordon Castle is a sporting estate in North-East Scotland that boasts one of Britain’s largest, oldest walled kitchen gardens. Very much a working garden, it changes with the seasons – making every visit unique.
It’s also a feast for all the senses, thanks to the perfume garden, nectar garden and lavender garden.
There are also rare plants and espaliered trees to discover as you stroll through this oasis . . . and the chance to try freshly picked produce for yourself in the Moray restaurant or take some home from the garden shop.
Threave Garden & Estate, Kirkcudbrightshire
Set amidst 1200 acres near Castle Douglas, this is home of the School of Heritage Gardening and the only Scottish garden dedicated to the training of horticulturists.
But it’s not only for students. Visitors can enjoy wandering though the rose garden and a wildflower meadowland. There’s also a walled garden with a temperate glasshouse collection.
And for keen wildlife watchers for wildlife, there are red squirrels and even an osprey platform and bat reserve.
Dumfries House Estate, Ayrshire
You can lose yourself in the gardens of Dumfries House . . . thanks to The Maze made of yew hedges that opened in summer 2016.
You can also lose yourself among 500 different types of trees, as well as shrubs and woodland flowers that provide year-round interest.
The garden is blooming thanks to support from HRH Prince Charles and a multimillion pound makeover. It’s no surprise then that the highlight is The Queen Elizabeth Walled Gardens. This five-acre feature is one of the biggest in Scotland and features a unique 12-metre drop.
For youngsters there’s also an adventure playground and a fabulous café for hungry holidaymakers.
Drummond Castle Garden, Perthshire
It may date back to the Seventeenth Century but the gardens near the town of Crieff were redesigned and terraced in the Nineteenth Century, while there was also replanting in the 1950s.
Today visitors to what is considered one of Europe’s most important and impressive formal gardens can still explore many of the original features. A composite garden, it looks and feels like a courtly, Renaissance garden with ancient yew hedges and a solitary beech tree that was planted by Queen Victoria to commemorate her visit in 1842.
For more great ideas to enjoy gardens and the great outdoors why not explore The Green Room?