Scotland boasts a wide variety of stunning parks and gardens in the cities, countryside, and castle grounds, and youâ€™ll visit the most famous of them plus private gardens and homes not open to the public.
Gardens to be visited include Crarae, Arduine, Attadle, Inverewe, Pitmedden, and the Royal Botanic Garden. The castles and palaces with their accompanying gardens youâ€™ll tour are Cawdor (of MacBeth fame), Crathes Castle and garden (pictured above), Edzell Castle and garden, and Mary, Queen of Scottsâ€™ favorite county place, the Falkland Palace and gardens. Youâ€™ll also visit picture-perfect fishing villages and cottage gardens and have time to explore the Georgian City of Edinburgh.
The tour includes not only breakfasts, but ten dinners in the several hotels with their breathtaking views loch Lochs, highlands and more.
This mid-summer tour, July 10 – 21,Â is escorted by Pacific Horticulture Society board member Pat Wipf. For more information, contact Sterling Tours. Reach them by phone at 800-976-9497 or access the full itinerary at the Sterling Tours website, http://www.sterlingtoursltd.com/Scotland2013.html.Â $3,425 per person, double ocupancy, $415 single supplement.