Scottish Highlands Gardens Tour 2021

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : May 22 - Only one departure!
Start: Alltshellach, Glen Coe, Scotland
End: Alltshellach, Glen Coe, Scotland
Scottish Highlands Gardens Tour: 7 nights based at Alltshellach, Glen Coe

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Dramatic backdrops, characterful castles and heaps of variety await on this spectacular tour. Take in the quaint grounds of Druimneil House, relax as you explore the peaceful woodland garden, and marvel at the isolated but beautiful Ardtornish Castle. Elsewhere, the walled garden of Ardmaddy Castle on the Isle of Seil, the endangered coastal garden of Arduaine and the truly magical Himalayan ravine at Crarae provide inspirational sights for flower lovers.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • The magical Himalayan ravine at Crarae Garden with its inspirational rhododendron collection and a wide range of other species
  • Ardmaddy Castle’s walled garden, in its unique setting overlooking the sea shore of Seil Sound
  • Arduaine Garden, owned by the National Trust for Scotland and in a delightful sheltered setting in Asknish Bay
  • Relax as you explore the peaceful woodlands of Angus Garden

Pick Up Location & TIme

Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Invernesshire PH33 6SA (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at Alltshellach
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach
  • Most admissions to places of interest that form part of your holiday

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest station is in Fort William, however most guests travel to Glasgow then catch our transfer coach)
  • Admissions to National Trust, English Heritage, RHS properties (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Entrance to stately homes/houses, for which there is a separate admission fee
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Explore places of interest, beauty, heritage and wonder. Enjoy active guided sightseeing on relaxed-pace trips to revel in the history, landscapes, architecture and culture of your chosen destination. Our knowledgeable leaders will provide fascinating detail to bring it all to life. Travel between locations by mini-coach or public transport following a carefully planned itinerary.

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Transport between locations
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. (D)

Accommodation: Alltshellach

Day 2Druimneil House and Angus' Garden

You will spend the morning visiting Druimneil House which has a large garden overlooking Loch Linne. The garden is made up of many varieties of trees, rhododendrons and woodland shrubs. The owner of the house, Janet Glaisher is the winner of the Diana Macnab Award 2020 and has run Druimneil House as part of Scotland’s Garden Scheme for 37 years.

In the afternoon you will be visiting Angus’ Garden. Angus’ Garden was created by Betty Macdonald out of love for her son who was killed in Cyprus in 1956. The garden was started the following year. Betty Macdonald’s vision for the garden was for the creation of a spring flowering garden set within a natural woodland area. It’s purpose to be a place for forgiveness and reconciliation. The garden covers approximately nine acres of land and is home to many varieties of rhododendrons and azaleas alongside other flowering shrubs and trees. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Alltshellach

Day 3Ardtornish Garden and Ard Daraich

In the morning, you will be visiting Ardtornish Garden. The garden has been created out of a rocky hillside and has stunning views south west along Loch Aline to the hills of the Isle of Mull. A lot of the garden is covered by native birch as well as a large range of exotic species, mature groups of larch, firs and pine. At one point there were 12 gardeners and 2 horses employed to maintain the garden.

In the afternoon you will be visiting Ard Daraich, an informal hill garden situated on the shores of Loch Linnhe which is complemented by the hills of Ardgour, which provide a stunning backdrop. The garden boasts a lovely collection of rhododendrons and azaleas, scattered among species of Magnolia, Sorbus, Acer, Populus, Quercus, Larix and Pinus. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Alltshellach

Day 4Ardmaddy Castle & An Cala Garden

In the morning you will be visiting Ardmaddy Castle Gardens. Set in a spectacular setting, surrounded by mature woodlands, carpeted by bluebells and daffodils in spring, the gardens are complimented by the elevated castle in the background. The gardens are full of magnificent rhododendrons and an increasing collection of rare shrubs and plants. Don’t miss the ‘clock garden’ filled with flowers, fruit and vegetables all grown using labour saving methods and set within dwarf box hedging.

An Cala Garden is currently approaching ‘historical status’ as it was established in 1930 by Colonel Arthur Murray. He decided along with his wife, the actress Faith Celli, to commission Thomas Mawson to create plans for the 5-acre plot. It took a year and six men create the garden from Mawson’s arrangement. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Alltshellach

Day 5Free day

Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Alltshellach

Day 6Ardkinglas Woodland Garden & Crarae

In the morning you will be visiting Ardkinglas Woodland Garden. The garden is situated on the shores of Loch Fyne against a lovely background of mountains and forest. Ardkinglas Estate spans across 4800 hectares. The garden is famous for the mature champion trees which include the “mightiest conifer in Europe”

In the afternoon you will be visiting Crarae Garden. A tranquil woodland garden with Himalayan plants and tumbling waterfalls. Crarae garden boasts to be an exotic Himalayan – style wilderness set in the hills of Argyll. The garden was created in 1912 by Lady Grace Campbell who was the aunt of plant hunter Reginald Farrer, who helped source trees and shrubs from China, Nepal and Tibet for use in the garden. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Alltshellach

Day 7Ardchatton Priory and Arduaine

In the morning you will be visiting Ardchatton Priory garden. The garden has a natural tranquillity with views over Loch Etive. Shrub walks lead off the main drive and the natural soil and temperate climate allow a wide variety of plants to thrive. The garden includes a huge Cornus Kousa, Eucryphia glutinosa, Hoheria lyalii mingle alongside scented roses and philadelphus.

In the afternoon you will visit Arduaine gardens. The garden is full of colour and fragrance showing inspiration of glamorous destinations. The explanation for this is that the garden began in 1898 at a time when there was high interest in foreign travel and an appetite for the exotic. as a result of this, the garden includes plants from all around the world. Ranging from East Asia to South America. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Alltshellach

Day 8Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
Departure Dates Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: May 22 $2,340 $2,620

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates are in $ CAD. Rates include room upgrade (better) and membership fees. 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

During your Discovery Tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

Most admissions to places of interest are not included. Please allow up to £10 per day for admissions to all the places of interest we will be visiting. The full adult price is given but there are usually good reductions for parties and seniors. If you are a member of the National Trust, English Heritage or similar, remember to bring your card for free admission to their properties. Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Travel Details:
Address is: Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Invernesshire PH33 6SA

By Rail:
The nearest station is in Fort William, however most guests travel to Glasgow then catch our transfer coach.

By Bus:
If you are not travelling on a Saturday, the journey from either Glasgow Buchanan Street or the airport can be made using the Scottish Citylink bus, numbers 914 or 915. Ask the driver to stop at the north side of Ballachulish Bridge – from here it is a 400 metre walk to Alltshellach.

By Car:
From Glasgow take the A82 towards Crianlarich. Continue on the A82 towards Fort William. Head for Ballachulish keeping the village on your left. Go straight on at the roundabout over the steel bridge and take the second right B863 to Kinlochleven and the seafood restaurant. Alltshellach is 400 yards further on, on  your right.

Hotel Descriptions
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Alltshellach

Situated in a stunning location on the shores of Loch Leven, Alltshellach is a stately Scottish house set amid a rugged landscape. The house is a picture of Highland solidity, with spectacular views of craggy mountains and grassy slopes beyond the loch. This pocket of domesticity lets you admire nature at your leisure though, sipping tea or G&T as you watch clouds scud across the sky. In fact, this one-time home of the Bishop of Argyll & the Isles has been recast as a hiker’s hotel, with an air of old-world splendour, excellent accommodation, a generous indoor pool, three lounges and a supremely cosy Highland Bar that’s well-stocked with local beer and whisky, all of which is (almost) enough to distract you from the vast vistas over the waters. But it’s the great outdoors you’re here for and the house is ideally situated for accessing the Mamores, the mountains of Glen Coe and tackling Ben Nevis as well as bagging munros and spotting local wildlife.

Address: Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Invernesshire PH33 6SA

Room Amenities: Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

There are 38 comfortable bedrooms, all in the main house, with a range of ‘Good’, ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ options to choose from. Rooms radiate cosiness thanks to little touches – a remedy for even the dreichest day. Those with a view are worth the extra spend, as you’ll be overlooking the gardens and loch. The Best rooms include Room 21, a spacious corner room with lovely views of Loch Leven, while Room 23 is a stately showstopper that was once the official Bishop’s bedroom, complete with original features and cracking views.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers.

Hotel Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive gardens, heated indoor swimming pool, multi-purpose ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring, return to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Stroll the gardens that dip down to the loch. The small peninsula at the bottom of the lawns is called An Dunan and often becomes an island at high tide – look for prehistoric rock art cut into the slabs on its side. Make time too to plunge into the heated indoor swimming pool and do a couple of lengths under the watchful eye of the mountains through the panoramic windows. Inside the house, head for one of the communal areas: you’ll have three to choose from and can kick back, relax and catch up with other guests. Later, stop in the Highland Bar for a nip of whisky or a nightcap – the comfy seats make a fine spot for a dram and there’s a range of good single malts to choose from that’ll have you believing you’re living a laird’s life.

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