Scotland has a lot to boast about when it comes to innovation and great minds. Apart from the wonderful literary works of Robert Burns, many “firsts” were achieved in this glorious land north of the border which even includes the concept of customers being allowed to have overdrafts on their bank accounts. However, the inventive minds of the Scottish people were implemented in many other areas which today we all take a little for granted – namely every time we place a stamp on a letter, after all the postage stamp was yet another concept born on Scottish soil! Continue reading
Thinking of planning a golfing trip to Ireland? We bet all of the classic golf courses like Lahinch Old, Ballybunion Old, and Royal County Down are all on your list of places to play. Whilst the classics are classics for good reasons, Ireland is home to many other fantastic golf courses that are truly hidden gems. Here we will take a look at seven of Ireland’s less famous golf courses that are magnificent, yet often overlooked by visiting golfers. Continue reading
If you’re planning a girly “getaway” and not sure just which UK destination would suit your group the best – heading north of the border to Scotland offers a lot more than just beautiful scenery. In Glasgow alone you’ll find spectacular shopping experiences and then there’s the choice of 5 star spas where you can be pampered to your heart’s content. The city is bustling with wonderful cafés where you can all indulge yourselves supping on creamy cappuccinos whilst people watching in true European style. Glasgow is a superb city; it’s warm, welcoming and a lot of fun. Continue reading
If it’s a first time visit to Liverpool you are in for a very pleasant surprise because outside of England’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital, this northern port situated on the west coast has a lot to boast about. There’s something extremely pleasant about the “ambiance” in Liverpool and it’s one that’s both welcoming and inviting with a great cultural background of music and arts. In fact, between the museums, theatres and art galleries together with some of the best shopping and dining the region has to offer, any time spent there has to be well planned. Continue reading
Scotland is a land that has inspired many an author and poet which is hardly surprising because the vast open spaces, dramatic landscapes and coastlines are truly wondrous. Scotland boasts classic authors to more modern creative writers, from Scot and Stevenson to JK Rowling.
Scotland is a land that has a myriad of fascinating literary connections all of which are worth discovering and then thoroughly enjoying in some of the most scenic regions this glorious northern land has to offer. Continue reading
The Highlands of Scotland are a huge draw for people who love large, wide open spaces where the skies seem to go on forever and for many, these often windswept northern lands represent all that is typically and traditionally Scottish. Aberdeen is a fascinating city – often referred to as the “granite city”, it boasts being the hub of the land’s oil industry but it is also one of the best golfing destinations in the country boasting links that date as far back as the 16th century with the Royal Aberdeen being the sixth oldest golf club in the world. Continue reading
Wales is a lovely part of the country that boasts many regions of outstanding natural beauty. The coastline is dramatic; the countryside is lovely and wild with lush areas and valleys. One in particular is the Wye Valley with its charming market towns and villages all of which are wonderful places to explore during the spring and summer months. However, there’s a lot to this delightful region that makes a visit extremely enjoyable at any time of the year. The best place to start a Welsh market town adventure is in the border town of Chepstow and then wend your way along the Wye Valley through the glorious Welsh countryside Continue reading
Ireland is a beautiful land renowned for the majestic castles and magnificent stately homes that can be seen dotted around the land. Touring this fascinating corner of the world is a thrilling experience because visitors receive such a warm welcome wherever they happen to go.
There are castles and stately homes in Ireland dating back to Norman times, there are Palladian marvels and so much more that it would take more than just one trip to the Emerald Isle to take them all in. Below are just a few of the wonderful edifices, ruins and structures that Ireland has to offer and which will definitely see you returning to these lovely shores. Continue reading
There’s no getting away from the fact that South Ireland is a green and very pleasant land to visit. It’s a place where glorious gardens and vast green open spaces abound whether its parkland or more formally laid out areas of floral design. Organising a tour around just a few of them is a real pleasure that’s not only a festival of colour but if a visit is planned for the right time of the year it’s a sensory delight like no other. Continue reading
Wales is a lovely area of the UK with a truly spectacular coastline but inland too, natural treasures can be found and more particularly in South Wales. This lovely region consists in the main of a coastal stretch that is a National Park. Pembrokeshire is a glorious region where garden attractions abound and which reflect so perfectly, the landscapes they are found in.
Planning a trip to South Wales to take in a few of the garden splendours the region has to offer means sitting down and organising a mega trip to the area in order to not miss out on what is on offer.
Dyffryn Gardens – Cardiff
A great starting point for a garden adventure is Dyffryn Gardens which is just outside of Cardiff. With over thirty themed garden areas to wander around this is one of the most popular garden areas in South Wales that attracts people from far and wide.
In particular visit the sublime Pompeian Garden and cloister garden. The splendid selection of rare trees found in the splendid arboretum is second to none.
Llanarthne’s National Botanic Gardens
For those who are dedicated to preserving a natural heritage, visiting the National Botanic Gardens is a must. Being the first of the botanic gardens to be built in the land, the conservation of plant species is taken extremely seriously in this beautiful natural setting. The site sits on 600 acres of glorious parkland and boasts landscapes that include waterfalls, lakes and wondrous cascades with the centrepiece being a more than impressive greenhouse – the structure boasts being the largest glasshouse on the planet.
Pembrokeshire’s Upton Castle Gardens
Pembrokeshire is another superb region of the country which is home to the glorious Upton Castle Gardens. Set over 35 acres of parkland, there’s a superb arboretum where a collection of exotic and rare trees can be found. The formal gardens are exceptionally beautiful as is the walled Victorian garden and the delightful medieval chapel. Upton Castle is famous for its display of rhododendrons, magnolias and camellias, which mean a summertime visit would be in order to see the gardens at their peak.
Beautiful Gardens, Glorious Landscapes & More
A lovely Pembrokeshire garden gem is Bor Meigan which is nicely tucked away in the beautiful countryside just a short distance from Newport. The gardens are spread over 6 ½ acres and spread along the glorious Preseli Hills which slope gently into the distance. There’s a super tearoom where traditional afternoon teas are served in a delightful 300-year old barn which is a delight all of its own.
Llanerchaeron – a National Trust Treasure
A national treasure like no other is Llanerchaeron. It’s an 18th century National Trust property which can be found just outside Aberaeron. Visiting this wonderful gentry estate is like taking a step back in time. There’s a working organic farm and a beautiful walled kitchen garden just as it was in times long past.
South Wales is a glorious area of the country and Pembrokeshire in particular boasts some of the most exquisite gardens and parklands in the country. Organising a few days touring around some of these floral delights is a must for not only people who love gardening but for those who would like to know a little more about a superb natural heritage, how gardens played such an important role in the lives of our ancestors just as they do today. It is an exciting and unique experience that refreshes and inspires at the same time and it is this that makes it so thoroughly enjoyable.
Best of Scotland offer a wonderful 4 day tour of some of the most beautiful gardens in South Wales. See more information here.
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