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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Northern Ireland is a dreamy place that boasts an extraordinary array of plants and superb gardens which is hardly surprising when you think this emerald isle boasts the perfect climate for a diversity of flora to thrive and flourish. There’s a lot to see in this northern part of Ireland and it’s splendid whether it’s a manicured garden or a wild hillside or moorland wilderness Continue reading
For decades, London has been a fabulous shopping destination attracting visitors from far afield for a little of the best retail therapy on the planet. However, in these modern times other areas, cities and towns now boast an exceptional experience where shopping is concerned whether it’s an antique hunting jaunt in the fabulous Cotswolds or a more sedate wander through Brighton’s famous “lanes”.
If there is one thing that puts England on the map it’s the passion for all things to do with gardening. For centuries large scale gardens have left visitors speechless, impressed and inspired. With the likes of Capability Brown and many others, the legacies that can be enjoyed whether on a stately home or other historical site, is truly amazing. Visiting just a few of these floral wonders during the spring or summer is a wonderful experience that could be viewed as a gardener’s idea of Shangri-la. Continue reading
There’s no denying that many folk around the world boast a Scottish ancestry which is something they are fiercely proud of with good reason. Scotland is a beautiful country in so many ways; it’s a land where visitors will always receive a warm and friendly welcome. Many people travel to these northern lands to explore the superb historical and cultural heritage found there. Some visitors choose to “go it alone” whilst others prefer for their adventure to be organised for them which is a great way of discovering all there is to see and do in Scotland.
Edinburgh’s Royal Mile
A great place to start a walk back in time is in the beautiful city of Edinburgh. The Royal Mile personifies all that is historic with a castle, a royal palace, St Giles Cathedral, John Knox House and Gladstone’s Land just begging to be explored. A day is well spent in Edinburgh when discovering an ancestry, heritage and the superb legacies of times long past.
Stirling & its Unmistakable Historical Skyline
The city of Stirling is literally bursting with historical sites from the National Wallace Monument to the Great Hall which is a magnificent feature of the castle. The ramparts which offer such superb vistas of the surrounding landscapes are magnificent to say the
least then there’s Bannockburn, located to the south-east where Scotland fought so bravely and successfully for nearly four centuries to retain its independence. Continue reading