Tour Type: deluxe
Join respected British gardening journalist Sue Chivers and photographer Patsy Floyd on a memorable train journey around a few of Scotland’s best nation homes and home gardens. Enjoy personal trips written by family members, also welcome beverages in their houses and walks through their stunning home gardens.
With the Royal Scotsman luxury train as the rolling, five-star hotel, go to Edzell Castle and Gardens, Foulis Castle of Clan Munro, Attadale, Logie House, Rothiemurchus Estate, Pitmuies Garden, among other stops. Journey size: 720 miles.
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— J. Fiorilla, after their Royal Scotsman nation houses & Gardens trip, Summer, 2015
Day 1: Edinburgh-Keith
You might be welcomed aboard the Royal Scotsman by respected gardening publisher Sue Chivers and photographer Patsy Floyd. The train departs Edinburgh early afternoon and moves north over the splendid Forth Railway Bridge. Disembark in Montrose to consult with Edzell Castle. This historic castle, now an enchanting spoil, had been built-in the sixteenth century and ended up being the chair associated with Lindsays for a couple of generations. Explore the fascinating walled garden, filled with intricate carvings, that was laid out in 1604 and is unique in Scotland. Rejoin the train in Stonehaven and continue up the east shore through Aberdeen and then into Speyside, preventing in Keith for an informal supper and instantly stabling.
Day 2: Keith-Kyle of Lochalsh
Love a leisurely breakfast while the train departs Keith and moves west towards Inverness and Invergordon, where you will disembark for a call to Foulis Castle. This 18th-century palace is made on the webpage associated with the seat of Clan Munro for 700 years and it is however occupied by the family members. And whom simpler to inform a brief history of their wonderful house and clan than Mrs. Munro of Foulis and her son, Hector, the Clan Chief. After their particular welcome, roam all over castle’s reasons and trip Mrs. Munro’s wonderful courtyard garden. Returning to the train, lunch is going to be supported as you travel towards Kyle of Lochalsh on what is probably the most scenic path in Britain. At Plockton, you disembark for a call to Attadale on west coastline. This huge, 30, 000-acre property is residence towards the Macpherson family members because the 1950s. It boasts a Water outdoors, Japanese Garden and Sunken outdoors among other treasures. You return to the train in Kyle of Lochalsh for instantly stabling. A lavish supper is followed by activity when you look at the Observation Car.
Time 3: Kyle of Lochalsh-Boat of Garten
During break fast the train departs Kyle, retracing section of yesterday’s path so far as Dingwall. The train goes on south to Carrbridge for which you disembark for your trip to Ballindalloch, certainly one of Scotland's most romantic castles, featuring its wonderful gardens. Return to the train at Boat of Garten from the exclusive Strathspey Railway for instantly stabling. After an official dinner, you're going to be regaled with entertaining tales of Scottish heroes.
Day 4: Boat of Garten-Dundee
After breakfast, motorcoach to Rothiemurchus Estate, where you can tour the hunting lodge and parkland, or enjoy some of the outside activities at this stunning site underneath the Cairngorm Mountains. Rejoin the train in Aviemore and luxuriate in lunch as you journey south through Blair Atholl and Pitlochry to Dunkeld, for which you disembark for your stop by at Pitmuies outdoors near Forfar. This might be a gem of your final check out for the trip, with two semi-formal walled home gardens, a long border of herbaceous perennials, traditional roses and several rare flowers. Come back to the train in Dundee for a friendly dinner and last evening together with your brand new pals before stabling overnight.
Day 5: Dundee-Edinburgh
After break fast, the train comes Edinburgh in which your journey ends.
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Note: All costs are per person and can include all dining table d'hôte meals, all alcohol as well as other drinks, all sightseeing trips as shown in the itinerary and accommodation agreeable according to a couple sharing a twin compartment or someone in a single.
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• Join respected Uk gardening publisher Sue Chivers and photographer Patsy Floyd about this exclusive tour through Scotland’s many spectacular manor houses, castles and beautiful home gardens • Begin to see the Renaissance walled garden at the Edzell Castle and Gardens; the only person of its kind in Scotland • Enjoy your individual guides, Mrs. Munro and her son Hector, Clan Chief, on your own tour of Foulis Castle, at Invergordon. • Explore Attadale Estate's Water Outdoors, Japanese Garden and Sunken Garden • Pitmuies outdoors near Forfar, with two semi-formal walled landscapes, an extended edge of herbaceous perennials, old-fashioned flowers and lots of rare plants • Just 36 guests total aboard this luxurious train, with exquisite dishes, wine and five-star service
Among Scotland's stunning private landscapes. (Photo by Angela Walker)
A bagpiper welcomes visitors aboard the Royal Scotsman.