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Caithness And Sutherland Gardens Open to the Public

2006

Castle Of Mey Gardens
The castle and gardens are now open to the public throughout the summer

2006 Opening Times
The Queen Mother Castle Of Mey Trust -
See web site for opening dates and times

Sandside Gardens

Open once or twice a year for charity fund raising

Dunbeath Castle Gardens

Open to groups by appointment telephone 01593 731308
May - August
An open day for charity usually happens once a year.

Langwell Gardens

Open on certain days for charity fund raising
And By Appointment

Sutherland Gardens
House of Tongue, Tongue

Kerracher, Kylskue
Tue, Thur, Sun - Mid May - Mid September
and groups by appointment
Sailings from Kylesku Pier @1.00pm
Tel 01571 833288
Extended visits first Saturdays of June, July, August and September
peter@kerracher.co.uk

Sunnyside Gardens, Ardgay
and by appointment to Garden Groups
Tel 01863 766775

Dunrobin Castle Gardens
10.30am - 5.30pm

House Of Tongue

Amat Gardens - Ardgay

Gardens In Other Parts Of Scotland   .

Top Spots To Take Your Own Flower Of Scotland This Spring

There is nothing quite as romantic as you and your partner losing
yourselves in a stunning garden. You don't have to be a top horticulturalist to appreciate the beauty of nature - and what woman can resist the smell of roses or lilies or the vibrant colours of a stunning garden? Scotland is blessed with so many gardens it is often difficult to choose which ones to visit. The Romantic Scotland team has put together a beginner's guide to some of the best gardens for love struck couples this spring. Whether you take a stroll in a city park or escape from it all in a secluded garden the sights and smells you come across are sure to guarantee you end up gazing into your partner's eyes and help your love blossom.

Scotland is blessed with the kind of weather which nature thrives on - so wherever you go you are sure to come across beautiful plants, flowers and trees. Most castles in Scotland are situated next to stunning and well-kept gardens where you can enjoy the charms of a romantic garden.  Cities and towns across the country are also home to tranquil gardens, where you can see nature take its course.

Also, budding brides and grooms can nurture the first shoots of love by tying the knot in one of Scotland's beautiful gardens. Whether it's within a walled garden of a fairytale castle, by the shores of a loch or in a public garden of a busy city - Romantic Scotland has something to suit every blossoming romance.

Inverewe Garden, Wester Ross
Considered by many to be one of the most colourful and enchanting gardens in the world, Inverewe is a paradise for couples of all ages.  The incredible flower collections provide a stark contrast to the wild craggy coast which lies nearby. Plants from all over the world sit side by side in this dreamy garden. Although this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area, the various gardens never feel overcrowded and you always manage to find a secluded spot for a picnic or cosy chat. Explore the many paths and walkways which curve through the riotously colourful gardens.  Web Site

Falkland Palace Gardens, Fife
Set in a unique medieval village in the heart of Kingdom of Fife, The Royal Palace of Falkland is the perfect location for a garden wedding or a summer day out. The former hunting lodge of eight Stuart monarchs is surrounded by beautiful lush gardens, designed and built by Percy Cane between 1947 and 1952. Exchange your vows or take a weekend stroll amongst a colourful display of shrubs and trees on the wide lawn enclosed by three herbaceous borders. Or if you'd prefer a castle built in the 1500s, the turreted palace is a fine example of Renaissance architecture. Inside it boasts the stunning Chapel Royal, and the King's Bedchamber and Queen's Room, which have been restored by the Trust. With fine portraits of the Stuart monarchs and two sets of 17th-century tapestry hangings, you're sure to feel like a true princess at Falkland.

Winter Gardens, Duthie Park, Aberdeen
Let your love grow among thousands of beautiful blooms in the Granite City's Duthie Park. A number of couples have tied the knot in the tropical wonderland of the Winter Gardens - Europe's largest covered garden. Many lovers choose the Floral Hall with its cascading water display and stunning stained glass window or the peaceful Japanese Gardens. Or if you want your big day to be an outdoor affair, head to the Rose Mountain where more than 12,000 different types of roses cover every square inch of the mound. Couples can have a civil ceremony in the Winter Gardens.
Duthie Park Web Site

Logan Botanic Garden,
near Drummore, Dumfries and Galloway
Situated in the south western tip of the country, Logan is one of Scotland's most exotic gardens. A remarkable collection of bizarre and beautiful plants flourish here thanks to the influence from the nearby Gulf Stream. Love-struck couples can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the woodland garden, which has great views of Galloway Hills in the distance. The Walled Garden is ablaze of colour year-round - perfect for budding romantics. Couples can listen to a recorded guided tour of the garden and stroll around at their own pace while learning about some of the more interesting plants on display. This is a great spot for blushing brides to get ideas on what flowers they want for their top table!
Web Site

Traquair House, Peeblesshire
The gardens are so beautiful at Traquair House you and your partner won't want to leave. With its stunning old Walled garden, pond and the fountain, private Catholic chapel and extensive grounds it is a great spot to get-away-from-it-all. Set in several acres of secluded woodland gardens and forests, the castle is the oldest inhabited and one of the most romantic in Scotland. The Wine Glass Lawn and Rose Garden provide a breathtaking setting - particularly during summer months - which are perfect for taking photographs of the man or woman of your dreams.
Traquair House Web Site

Harmony Garden, Melrose
For an unmistakable aura of peace, serenity and romance this comes top of the horticultural league. Surrounded by huge walls and screened by trees this garden - situated opposite the stunning Melrose Abbey - is the perfect hideaway. This peaceful spot has a wide range of plants, herbaceous and mixed borders, lawns and trees. It dazzling fruit and vegetable gardens are also a must see - the perfect place to take the apple of your eye.
 

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
Just minutes from the centre of the Scottish capital, the Royal Botanic Garden lies in the heart of Edinburgh. Established more than 400 years ago it was originally founded as a physic garden. The gardens glasshouses feature Britain's tallest Palm tree and you can see some of the world's oldest plants in the Orchid and Cycad House. Edinburgh's most famous tropical rainforest, the Tropical Aquatic House, displays well-known and economically important plants, including bananas and rubber, as well as some familiar houseplants. This is the perfect place to take the apple of your eye!
Royal Botanic Garden Web Site

To find out opening hours for the gardens or to request a free Romantic Scotland brochure, call 0845 55 121 or log on to
www.visitscotland.com/romantic  for more information about Scotland.

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