Scotland’s Finest Castles and Gardens

Scotland’s Finest Castles and Gardens
Sunday 10th – Saturday 16th September 2017 (6 nights)

Tour highlights:

  • Two-night stay at the world renowned 5-star Gleneagles resort
  • Central Edinburgh stay and panoramic tour of Edinburgh
  • Exclusive visit to the Garden of Cosmic Speculation
  • Private visits to the gardens at Portmore Gardens, Stobshiel House, Broadwoodside and Drummond Castle
  • Private lunch at Greywalls
  • Dinner at legendary ‘The Witchery by the Castle’ restaurant, Edinburgh
  • Stunning Scottish scenery

Sunday 10th September

Our Tour starts in the early afternoon at our base for the first 4 nights of the tour, the 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel, on Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile in the heart of the city. From here we’ll take a panoramic coach tour followed by a short walking tour of Edinburgh. There will be time at the end of the tour to visit Edinburgh Castle if so desired. Dinner at the hotel.

Monday 11th September

Today we take a scenic drive south of Edinburgh into the beautiful Scottish Borders to Floors Castle , the seat of the Duke of Roxburgh and Scotland’s largest inhabited castle. Here we meet the Head Gardener for a private guided tour of the walled gardens followed by free time to visit to Castle. In the afternoon we visit Stobshiel House, a beautiful private garden made up of two contrasting parts: a formal, walled section on the north side of the house and a wilder, less formal one to the south, which surrounds the driveway as it winds through the grounds.

We return to Edinburgh for dinner at the legendary “The Witchery by the Castle” – a lavish gothic restaurant at the gates of Edinburgh Castle.

Tuesday 12th September

We venture today into Dumfriesshire – the south-west corner of Scotland. We begin with a visit to The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, the unique, private sculpture garden of Charles Jencks – landscape architect and theorist. This 30 acre garden is like no other – undulating landforms, lakes, kitchen garden of six senses, universe cascade and comet bridge.

Following a light lunch (included) we make a private visit to Portmore Gardens near Peebles. Created by the current owners over the last 20 years, these extensive formal gardens feature a large walled garden, Victorian glass-house with shell-grotto, water garden and woodland walks. We’ll enjoy afternoon tea at Portmore House.

Your evening is at leisure in Edinburgh – an opportunity to explore the many cafes and restaurants on our hotel’s doorstep.

Wednesday 13th September

This morning we make a private visit to Broadwoodside – one of Scotland’s finest contemporary gardens planted around a farm steading, rescued from dereliction. We meet the owner of this splendid garden that displays excellent structure, imaginative use of objects and eye-catching planting.

We proceed onto Greywalls for lunch (included). This impressive Edwardian house was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1901. The six-acre formal gardens are attributed to Gertrude Jekyll and are today beautifully maintained. Now a luxury hotel, Greywalls overlooks Muirfield Golf Course with stunning views over the Firth of Forth.

We return to Edinburgh mid-afternoon with the rest of the day at leisure to explore the Scottish capital. Your evening is at leisure.

Thursday 14th September

We check-out of our hotel in Edinburgh and head to Perthshire where we visit Drummond Castle. We’ll enjoy a private garden tour of these impressive gardens, originally laid out in 1630. This formal garden is said to be one of the finest in Europe and the largest of its type in Scotland.

We continue into The Trossachs National Park – Scotland’s first National Park – for lunch (included) and a scenic drive. You’ll see rocky peaks, sprawling glens and placid lochs.

We check-in to our luxury 5-star hotel, Gleneagles  surrounded by stunning grounds and two championship golf courses. There is also a fabulous spa to enjoy. Dinner in the hotel’s Strathearn restaurant.

Friday 15th September

Today we venture into the Scottish Highlands, beginning with a beautiful drive. We make a coffee stop at The House of Bruar – the home of Scottish Country clothing. There is also an excellent country living department, gifts, books, food hall and rural art – a shoppers heaven, Scottish luxury style! We continue onto Blair Castle, the 300 year-old seat of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. We will be taken on a guided tour of the castle, then have a private lunch (included) and a chance to visit the recently restored Georgian walled garden – the Hercules Garden. We return to Gleneagles for our final night dinner.

Saturday 16th September

We leave Gleneagles mid-morning and return to Edinburgh, making drop-offs in Edinburgh city centre and at Edinburgh Airport. We can advise on departure planning.

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TOUR PRICING: Prices are per person based on twin/double room share, with single supplements show separately. Prices are payable in £GBP. For clients travelling from USA, our tours can be booked through our travel partner and paid in $USD.

ALL COUNTRIES EXCEPT USA

£2,550 GBP

(single supplement £575 GBP)

RESIDENTS OF USA

$3,900 USD

(single supplement $850 USD)

PRICES INCLUDE

  • Accommodations at 4 and 5-star hotels with en-suite facilities
  • Buffet breakfast every day
  • Four dinners and four lunches
  • Deluxe coach travel with professional driver
  • Guest speakers and guides as described in an information pack provided at the start of the tour
  • Services of your Sisley tour director throughout

PRICES EXCLUDE

  • Airfares
  • Passport fess
  • Beverages, laundry & telephone calls
  • Lunches and dinners (where not included in the itinerary)
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transport to and from Edinburgh at the beginning and end of the tour

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