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Sleeps - 20
Region - Highlands & Islands
Rental £1600.00 inc VAT per person fully inclusive
Great Gardens of Northern Scotland – Tuesday 24 – Friday 27 July 2018
In the North of Scotland which receives some of the harshest weather in the British Isles we will explore some of its unique, varied and beautiful gardens. Many of these gardens are private and are seldom open to the public.
The tour will include some famous public gardens including the Castle of Mey, as well as private gardens which are seldom open to the public. The tour will be hosted by Colin Crosbie, a former Curator at RHS Wisley and Head Gardener to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
We start our tour in Inverness before heading north to visit the following gardens:
Old Allangrange in the Black Isle
A 17th century lime washed house is surrounded by a formal landscape which has been naturalistically planted and gardened organically for wildlife which then leads into informal areas of the garden. The garden uses formal hedges to create a strong structure and frame wonderful views. Within the garden can be found a viewing mound, vegetable garden, orchard and ice house.
This castle has been home to the Sutherland family for over 700 years. It is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and in appearance resembles a French chateau. The gardens were laid out by the architect Charles Barry and were designed to resemble those of the Palace of Verseilles.
The Bighouse Lodge
Built in 1765 and a former home of the Chieftains of the Bighouse and Sandwood Chieftains of the Clan Mackay, The Bighouse Lodge sits at the mouth of the River Halladale, a well-known spate salmon river. Recently refurbished, the Lodge offers all the warmth, comfort and charm expected of a traditional Scottish Highland house. The Bighouse Lodge with its stunning location and views will be our luxury base for three nights.
Bighouse Lodge has its own unique two acre walled garden consisting of a central axis leading to a charming bothy with lawn, herbaceous border, a sunken garden and four separate conceptual gardens. Each of these gardens contains a sculpture to reflect aspects of the Bighouse Estate namely the River, the Forest, the Strath and the Hill.
We will then have a chance to explore the wider estate.
The House of Tongue Garden
The House of Tongue is the private residence of the Countess of Sutherland. This 19th century formal garden is on a sloping site and has been partially terraced and divided into compartments by hedges. The garden contains ornamental borders and a fruit and vegetable garden, old fashioned roses are found on the walls of the building.
This Baronial Style Scottish Castle has one of the finest views over the Moray Firth. It has two walled gardens with one being very masculine and the other very feminine. The larger of the two walled gardens was originally designed by Xa Tollemache who used hedges to create shelter and colourful garden rooms. This garden grows a wide range of plants and overflows with colour.
Ackergill Tower Garden
Within 3000 acres of private estate which surround Ackergill Tower are found the heart shaped garden, sundial garden and walled garden.
Castle of Mey
This was the former home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Here she created a garden in one of the harshest and windiest parts of the country which would be full of colour as well as producing fruit and vegetable for when she was in residency during the summer months. You can almost feel her presence as you walk through the garden. After the tour of the garden there will be an opportunity to visit the Castle.
The Lookout Garden, Kilmuir, The Black Isle
A ¾ acre coastal garden which has stunning views over the Moray Firth. This award winning private garden has appeared on BBC Scotland’s Beechgrove Garden. The garden has been created out of a rock base and has been planted to attract wildlife. It contains a small courtyard, vegetable area, cottage garden, scree and rock garden, flowering shrubs, bamboos, trees and lily pond with waterside plants.
The Walled Garden at Culloden House Country Hotel
This walled garden was redeveloped six years ago by Michael Innes, the former Gardens Advisor for the National Trust of Scotland, to give it a stylish new look.
The cost of the tour will be £1600.00 including VAT.
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