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Scotland’s East Coast Gardens

East Lothian and the Lammermuirs
Macdonald Marine Hotel, North Berwick
1 – 5 July 2019 (4 nights)

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A new tour to enjoy and discover Scottish gardens in an around East Lothian whilst staying at the Macdonald Marine Hotel (4 stars) North Berwick.  Some of the gardens both coastal and inland are many generations old and some relatively recent but all provide a wonderful opportunity to see splendid planting in a mix of settings.

Monday 1 July:  A coach will meet you at Edinburgh Waverley Station at 2.30 pm to take you to North Berwick.    En-route a visit to Shepherd House,  a superb small garden of about an acre designed by its owners with an inspirational choice of plants blending colour and variety and where formality is balanced by the romance of the planting.

Tuesday 2 July: Tyninghame House and The Walled Garden  A 17th century Scottish baronial house. The gardens include herbaceous border, formal rose garden.   Lady Haddington's Secret Garden with old fashioned roses and an extensive "wilderness".  The 18th century elliptical walled garden at Netherbyres, Eyemouth is a hidden gem, absolutely beautiful and full of character filled with wonderful roses including a rampaging Kiftsgate! Lunch (included) in the Golf Course Restaurant with panoramic views overlooking Eyemouth.  Bowerhouse is set in extensive parkland and woodland with formal gardens near the house, herbaceous borders and a fountain courtyard

Wednesday 3 July:  Blackdykes  was created from open fields and designed as a series of rooms with hedges of hornbeam, yew and beech, box parterres and herbaceous borders with formal spaces of clipped lollipop trees and box.   Broadwood a converted 17th century steading, enclosing two semi-formal courtyard gardens, a vegetable garden and an informal, natural area punctuated with reclaimed architectural features. The gardens at Greywalls:  The Arts and Craft garden that surrounds Greywalls Hotel, with stunning views over East Lothian and the Forth, is attributed to Gertrude Jekyll. The architect was Sir Edwin Lutyens this is one of only two commissions he undertook north of the border and it survives virtually intact.

Thursday 4 July: An on-going restoration project of some enormity has taken place in the three acre 17th century Walled Garden at Prestonhall.  An extraordinary example of the achievement by one person in seven years from what was a jungle and where nature had taken its course.  On the southern edge of the Lammermuir hills. Thirlestane Castle is a magnificent 16th century castle one of the oldest and finest castles in Scotland set in a meadow landscape. There will be a guided tour of the Duke of Lauderdale’s family home followed by a light lunch in the Victorian kitchens.   Carolside described as one of Scotland’s finest private gardens. The 18th century mansion with a romantic and beautiful garden set in beautiful parkland nestling in a bend of the River Leader. Sweeping lawns lead to an oval walled garden with an historical collection of pre-1900 Gallica roses but known also for its superb herbaceous planting, striking delphiniums and subtle colour schemes - this is perfection.

Friday 5 July:  Checking out of the hotel and en-route to the station visit Congalton a quintessentially lovely country house garden with roses, herbaceous borders, a sunken garden and rockery developed over the last fifteen years. Refreshments before continuing to Edinburgh Waverley station for 12.30 pm

The 4 star Macdonald Marine Hotel is on the south shore of the Frith of Forth, with beach walks, golf, extensive spa facilities, indoor pool and award winning restaurant.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Coach transfers from/to Edinburgh Waverley Station to the Marine Hotel
  • 4 nights’ dinner accommodation and breakfast
  • 2 light lunches
  • All entries, tours and coaching
  • Heritage Touring Representative


Price per person:
£839 (classic double/twin room)
£859 (executive sea view double room)

Single supplement:
£40 per night classic double or £50 per night sea view double – all doubles for sole occupancy.

Non-refundable deposit: £150

Ample free hotel parking.  If coming by air – take either the airport bus or the tram to meet at the station.

The 4 star Macdonald Marine Hotel

Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

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