Staying at the North West Castle Hotel in Stranraer
5 DAYS | 5th July 2020
New for this year is our tour to the Rhins of Galloway, home to some of Britain’s most beautiful gardens and Scotland’s famous Garden Route. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Scotland’s south-west corner is warmer than you might expect, and the gardens in the area take full advantage of this. With a visit to Threave Garden, Logan’s Botanical Gardens, Castle Kennedy Gardens, and then Glenwhan Gardens, there are discoveries to be made by even the most experienced enthusiast. Taking in the stunning west coast by rail as well as a trip to Culzean Castle.
Our home for our stay is the North West Castle Hotel in Stranraer. All of the bedrooms are traditionally furnished with en suite bathrooms, WiFi, and courtesy tray. There are leisure facilities and The Regency dining room offers delicious cuisine as does the Alpine Restaurant and Grill.
We depart stopping for coffee en route to Threave Gardens, where we will arrive in time for lunch. Created over the years by students of the Trust’s School of Heritage Gardening, it is a fine example of landscape and horticultural endeavour.
Today we head to Portpatrick for a coffee, with its pastel-coloured houses and backdrop of bay cliffs. We then make our way to the Logan Botanical Gardens in time for lunch, with the afternoon to explore all the wonderful sights on offer. The avenues and borders feature a spectacular array of half-hardy perennials, from as far flung as Australia, and Southern Africa. Take a wander around the elegant Victorian-style Conservatory, or explore the Walled Garden and fish pond.
Our first adventure today is to the Castle Kennedy Gardens, one of Scotland’s most important historical landscaped gardens. There are 75 acres of sculptured landscapes to explore, and why not make a stop for lunch in the delightful Tearoom? For the afternoon we head to Glenwhan Gardens; with its unique and stunning sea views across to the Isle of Man, the warmer climate nurtures tender plants from around the Southern Hemisphere, together with large collections of rare trees and shrubs.
Today we shall see the landscape of Robert Burns, as we travel by train to Irvine taking the route up the west coast with views over the sea to Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran. The coach will then meet you and take you to Culzean Castle, Robert Adams’ cliff top masterpiece. Opulent to the extreme, the park is planted with Conifers and Beech, sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, and finished off with a Swan Pond and an ice house.
Before we head for home we journey to Kirkbright for a coffee and a short wander around this picturesque fishing town, then on to Houghton Hall Garden Centre for late lunch. Satisfy any remaining horticultural purchasing needs at this fantastic store, then sit back and relax as we make our way back aiming to arrive early evening.
£535.00 per person sharing twin/double
NIL single room supplement
£80.00 double for sole occupancy
£30.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT