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Scotland’s Great Gardens and Castles

Fife and Angus
Staying at the Murrayshall House Hotel near Perth
9 – 13 July 2018 (4 nights)

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Returning to Scotland’s Kingdom of Fife with a new itinerary of exceptional gardens and castles that will include visits to Balcarres, Kinross House, Teasses,  Earlshall Castle, Kellie Castle,  Willowhill, Wemyss Castle and Kemback.  Then travelling north to Angus the day will include a tour of Glamis Castle and gardens at The House of Pitmuies and The Gallery Garden.   To join this tour meet at Edinburgh station or airport or if by car at the first garden at Kinross House, before travelling into the heart of Scotland to stay at the privately owned historic 4 star Murrayshall House Hotel just outside Perth set in extensive parkland with an adjoining golf course.

Monday 9 July:  The coach departs Edinburgh Waverley Station at 2.30 pm or airport at 3.15 pm. En route to the hotel there will be a visit to see the garden at Kinross House*. This remarkable classical country house and garden has just undergone a massive reward-winning restoration and has a unique setting overlooking Loch Leven.  Visit the garden with refreshments before continuing to the hotel, check into your rooms - welcome drink and dinner.

Tuesday 10 July:  Angus:  The garden at Pitmuies, by Forfar.  Two beautiful semi-formal walled gardens adjoining the 18th century house which shelters the long borders of herbaceous perennials.  Then near Montrose, The Gallery Garden – possibly Angus’s best kept secret - this is an exceptional garden with outstanding planting colour and design and immaculately maintained.  There will be short break for lunch, in the rather tempting Brechin Castle Garden Centre.  The afternoon will be at Glamis Castle, the beautiful childhood home of the late Queen Mother and private family home of the Earls of Strathmore.  Guided tour of the castle and time to enjoy the gardens.

Wednesday 11 July: South Fife – Starting the day at Balcarres.   With spectacular views over the Firth of Forth these superb 19th century formal terraced gardens include a wide variety of perennial plants and extensive woodland gardens. Continue to Kellie Castle to enjoy both the walled garden and to visit the small castle before light lunch in their café.  The afternoon is a guided tour given by the Head Gardener at Teasses .  This is a rare privilege to visit this magnificent garden developed by the present owner over 16 years and now extends to approximately 60 acres. In addition to the restored Victorian walled garden with fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and a large greenhouse, there are formal and informal areas of the garden linked by numerous woodland walks.

Thursday 12 July; North Fife   Heading towards Dundee and just south of the bridge the three acre garden at Willowhill – a garden designed to fit in with the landscape beyond with sweeping paths around the borders but also using different vibrant colour combinations to dramatic effect – another horticultural delight to discover!  Then towards the coast the historic Earlshall Castle.  This restored 16th century courtyard castle with richly fitted main rooms, including the long gallery with its magnificent painted ceiling (where you will be served lunch) and a wealth of old timber panelling. The extensive and renowned gardens were designed by Sir Robert Lorimer with fascinating topiary lawn, rose terrace and borders.  After lunch an afternoon visit to Kemback House.  Again a garden and grounds that have been extensively renovated and restored in the last few years with an ornamental potager, fountain-headed rill-fed, lavender walks and a herb courtyard garden.

Friday 13 July: Depart for Edinburgh with a short visit to Wemyss Castle garden on the Forth estuary.  Where there was once a redundant 17th century walled garden, now a profusion of clematis, roses and ornamental trees.  A superb garden redesigned by Charlotte Wemyss with completely new planting and landscaping.  Continue to Edinburgh Airport  for 1 pm or station 2 pm (possible to follow by car).

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.
  • 4 nights’ dinner, accommodation and breakfast at hotel.
  • 2 lunches.
  • All entries and tours.
  • Executive coaching and transfers from/to Edinburgh.
  • Heritage Touring representative.


Price per person: £765
Non-refundable deposit: £150 pp
Single supplement: £25 per night (£100)
(double room for sole occupancy)

Although the hotel has no lift some rooms available ground floor others up small flight of wide stairs.

*Kinross House – with the proviso that if house is let for the week we will substitute with another garden.

Hotel website:

Murrayshell House Hotel

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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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