Gardens of Galloway

7 DAYS | 14th May 2021

Come aboard and join us on our fabulous tour of Dumfries and Galloway! The first thing to strike you is just how beautiful this part of lowland Scotland is; amongst its undulating coastline and sandy beaches are acres of forest and stunning country gardens, as well as castles and historic houses galore. Our tour takes us specifically to the Rhins of Galloway, famed for the fabulous Gulf Stream gardens and to the historic town of Dumfries with its delightful river walks.

This distinctly warmer area of Scotland boasts a plethora of gloriously exotic gardens, several of which we visit as part of our excursion. The highlight of our adventure is a visit to Dumfries House, a favourite of Prince Charles who personally contributed to its restoration. One of the Adam brothers’ finest achievements, the stunning interiors showcase a unique collection of Chippendale furniture, while the walled garden is one of the most exciting new garden developments in Scotland. This visually beautiful and culturally fascinating tour really is one not to be missed!

FRIDAY
We depart Macclesfield stopping for coffee en-route to the wonderful 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. The garden is divided into a series of smaller gardens to showcase different styles, including a rose garden, rockery and walled garden. Mid-afternoon we continue west to Stranraer and the North West Castle Hotel for the first three nights of our tour. The hotel was built in 1820 on the shores of Loch Ryan for Sir John Ross, the famous Arctic Explorer. All of the bedrooms are traditionally furnished with en-suite bathrooms, WiFi, and courtesy refreshments tray. There are leisure facilities and The Regency dining room offers delicious cuisine as does the Alpine Restaurant and Grill.

SATURDAY
Today we head to the pretty town of Portpatrick for a coffee, with its pastel-coloured houses and backdrop of bay cliffs. We then make our way to Logan Botanical Gardens in time for lunch, with the afternoon to explore all the wonderful sights on offer. Scotland’s most exotic Garden, Logan enjoys a subtropical climate, the warmth from which means plant treasures rarely seen in the United Kingdom thrive. The Garden’s avenues and borders feature a spectacular and colourful array of half-hardy perennials, from as far flung as Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America and Southern Africa. Take a wander around the elegant Victorian-style Conservatory, or explore the Walled Garden and fish pond adorned with beautiful water lilies. We return to the hotel mid-afternoon for a little rest and relaxation.

SUNDAY
Our first adventure today is to the Castle Kennedy Gardens; ‘one of the showpieces of Galloway’ it is also 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, one of the most beautiful newly made gardens in Scotland. With 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.

MONDAY
Today we leave Stranraer and head west calling at the little fishing port of Kirkcudbright. A haven for many a famous 19th century Sottish artist, you will have free time to stroll through the attractive town centre with its colourful blend of medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings including the National Trust’s Broughton House and Garden. After lunch we continue east making a photo stop at Sweatheart Abbey, then its on to Dumfries and The Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club, our base for the next three nights. The hotel offers the relaxing Forum Café Bar, Sawney Beans Restaurant, as well as more formal dining in the Reivers Restaurant. The leisure facilities include a heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym, and all bedrooms offer modern up to date facilities.

TUESDAY
Today is yours to enjoy the delights of Dumfries at your leisure. Why not head on a whiskey tour or pay a visit to the Robert Burns House?

WEDNESDAY
Today we pay our visit to the highlight of our tour, Dumfries House. Part of The Prince’s Foundation, the 18th century house is set in 2000 acres of stunning estate and is home to unique collections of fine art, including Flemish tapestries and antique clocks. We will begin with a morning coffee upon arrival and follow with an informative tour of the house. After a light lunch you will then have free time to take a stroll around the magnificent gardens.

THURSDAY
Today we head for home calling at the town of Kendal for lunch. We then re-join the motorway network south, making a quick comfort stop en-route and aim to arrive in the Macclesfield area around tea time.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel throughout, 6 nights dinner, bed and full Scottish breakfast, entrance to Threave Gardens, Logan Botanical Gardens, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Glenwhan Gardens, Guided tour of Dumfries House with morning coffee and a light lunch.

£698.00 per person sharing twin/double
£150.00 single room supplement
£40.00 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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