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24th July 2017 | Regional News

Scotland’s Top 4 Summer Gardens

Scotland is a great place to visit all year round, but summer is the season when some of the country’s most beautiful gardens really come to life. Home to hundreds of stunning grounds and woodland, summer is the perfect time of year to take a stroll and admire the colourful array of flowers and unique plants.

Whether you want to have a picnic in castle grounds or look out for wildlife in the surroundings of a stately home, Scotland has it all. From sculpture trails and historic statues to adventure parks and exciting mazes, a trip to a scenic garden makes a great day out for the whole family.

Here at Parkdean Holidays, we’ve put together a list of our favourite gardens and woodland in Scotland for you to explore on your next holiday.

Dumfries House, Ayrshire

Set in 2,000 acres of the Ayrshire countryside, Dumfries House, an 18th century estate, is one of Britain’s best-kept heritage secrets. Just 20 minutes from Sundrum Castle Holiday Park, the beautiful gardens that surround this spectacular stately home are well worth a visit.

There’s so much to discover at Dumfries House. Whether you want to relax in the tranquil Rothersay Garden or check out the newly renovated Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden, there’s something for everyone. Wander over the amazing Chinese Bridge, then look out for hidden follies and sculptures as you explore the colourful gardens. Let the kids tire themselves out in the adventure playground, or get lost in the maze, created by nearly 2,000 towering trees.

All of the buildings on the estate are connected by a network of wonderful woodland walks, so you can stroll through the garden and admire the wildlife, attractions and beauty that it has to offer. Take a look around the new 500-tree Arboretum, or enjoy a meal in the Woodlands Restaurant, where you can appreciate the scenic views as you relax.

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Blair Castle, Perthshire

Just 30 minutes from Tummel Valley Holiday Park lies a Scottish Highland castle, steeped in 700 years of history. Nestled in the stunning landscape of Perthshire, Blair Castle has been home to 19 generations of Stewards and Murrays of Atholl. Here, you can discover 30 rooms full of Scottish cultural history, design, furnishings, paintings and family portraits.

The gardens at Blair Castle are some of the finest. The grounds feature a spectacular nine-acre walled garden, Hercules Garden, that’s been restored to its original Georgian design. It’s named after the life-sized statue of Hercules that overlooks visitors enjoying the woodland. Hidden in the garden you’ll find ponds, a folly, a Chinese bridge and an orchard of more than 100 fruit trees. Across the rest of the grounds, you can spot some of the local wildlife, including Highland cattle, red squirrels and peacocks.

There’s an Adventure Park for the kids to enjoy whilst you spend time in Diana’s Grove, a tranquil wooded area filled with some of the country’s tallest and finest trees. Have fun following the Sculpture Trail, a mixture of contemporary and 18th century sculptures, which are hidden throughout the beautiful gardens and grounds. If you’re on holiday with your dog, you can even bring them along for the day too. Although they’re not allowed inside the castle itself, you can keep them on a lead around the grounds, whilst you admire the scenery.

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Threave Garden, Dumfries and Galloway

If you’re looking for a garden that makes a great day out in every season, then a visit to Threave Garden is a must. Renowned for its beautiful daffodils in spring, colourful herbaceous beds in summer and dense heather gardens in autumn, it’s the perfect place for a family day out all year round.

Under 40 minutes from Southerness Holiday Park, this garden is a fine example of landscaped beauty. Over the years, this park has been restored by students of the NTS School of Heritage Gardening into a series of smaller gardens, including a rockery, a rose garden and a walled garden. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the many water features, before discovering some of the estate’s wonderful wildlife. View ospreys and wildfowl from the nature reserve, where peregrine falcons, red squirrels, waders, otters and kingfishers all make their home. You can even join an evening walk to look for rare bats.

At the centre of these fascinating gardens stands the majestic Threave House, which was designed in 1871 for the Gordon family. You can step inside the house on a guided tour, where you’ll uncover the remarkable family history whilst admiring the 1930s interior. While you’re in the area, make time to visit the remarkable ruins of Threave Castle. Sat on a small island in the middle of the River Dee, you can enjoy a short boat ride to reach it, before taking in the sights of this amazing fortress.

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Brodie Castle, Moray

Under 15 minutes from Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park, you’ll stumble across the charming Brodie Castle, full of quirky and historic treasures of the Clan Brodie. Inside the castle you’ll find antique furniture, weapons and vintage toys, keeping the whole family entertained for hours. However, it’s not just the inside of the castle that you’ll want to explore.

Step outside into the castle grounds, where you’ll find the scenic gardens and parkland. Take a walk through the woodland and follow the nature trail, stopping off at the observation hides to spot birds and other wildlife. If you’re really lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a red squirrel or a woodpecker.

As well as this natural beauty, the garden also boasts a large adventure playground, perfect for the kids to play in whilst you’re enjoying a cuppa in the outdoor-seating area. From sand play and toddler swings for the younger kids to a zip slide and mountain tower with a tube slide for the older ones, the garden is perfect for children of any age. The castle is also near a small hill known as ‘Macbeth’s Hillock’, where the character is said to have met the three witches who told him his fate.

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Have you visited any of Scotland’s summer gardens? If so, we’d love to hear all about it on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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