Versailles, Shalimar and Kew may be some of the world’s most famous gardens but horticultural heaven can be also be found all across Scotland.
Celebrating National Gardening Week (10 – 16 April), Caledonian Sleeper has partnered with green-fingered Joanna Macpherson from Discover Scottish Gardens, a new organisation promoting Scottish horticulture, to showcase some of Scotland’s most glorious gardens.
Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden is one of the world’s leading gardens thanks to its famous collection of international plants and trees. Located a short distance from Edinburgh Waverley railway station, visitors can enjoy the area’s 70 acres of landscaped grounds and ten glasshouses featuring over 3,000 exotic plants from around the world. Those in need of a refreshment can make their way to the Gateway Restaurant which offers views of the garden, outside seating and an informal food and drink menu.
Situated a short walk from Perth railway station, Branklyn Garden may be one of Scotland’s smaller gardens but with a range of mature trees, it’s also one of the country’s most tranquil settings. Just a stone’s throw away from the garden on the banks of the River Tay is Scotland’s largest heather collection located in the city’s Riverside Park. The Riverside Heather Collection boasts more than 16,000 heather plants and also forms parts of a sculpture trail. Look for the different hues of heather in bloom which create a rich tapestry of colour.
Alight Caledonian Sleeper at Blair Atholl railway station to enjoy the famous Blair Castle and its gardens. The walled garden is a particular highlight with its extensive herbaceous borders, large collection of fruit trees and lines of bright roses which surround a pond area.
The sculpture trail leads to the romantic ruins of St Bride’s Kirk which is set against a backdrop of some of Scotland’s finest conifers.
Inverness Botanic Gardens provides a feast for the senses all year round. With much to discover from the Tropical House to the Koi Carp Pond, visitors won’t be limited for choice at this imaginative garden. The friendly gardeners are on hand and happy to talk through the vibrant range of plants, while a cosy café offers some of the best home baking and coffee in the city.
To learn more about Discover Scottish Gardens, visit Discover Scottish Gardens. Book your journey of a night time on board the Caledonian Sleeper and discover Scottish gardens.