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Day one Monday leave Glasgow at 9pm.

Visit Jack Drake's Alpine Nursery at Inchriach near Aviemore then through Speyside to Ballindaloch Castle and gardens, often described as the Pearl of Banffshire.



The Rose Garden at Ballindalloch castle.


Optional visit Strathislay Distillery Keith. 

Evening - Self catering accommodation in Cullen Harbour Hostel, a Scottish Independent Hostel in Banffshire. We plan to use this hostel on Monday and Tuesday evenings.


Day two Tuesday.

COAST – This is an opportunity to see the magnificent coastal scenery in Banffshire and Aberdeenshire. The beautiful sands of Cullen beach and the chance to dip our toes (maybe more) in the Moray Firth. On to Buckie. A traditional fishing community.

Inland - Leith Hall garden Kennethmont,  Fyvie Castle and garden, National Trust for Scotland (NTS), Pitmedden Garden.


Day three Wednesday.

COAST. Duff House, Banff. An architectural masterpiece by William Adam built for the Duff family. The collection of paintings includes work by Sir Hendry Raeburn and El Greco.

Inland - Aberdeen, Duthie Park Winter. Royal Deeside, Crathes Castle and Gardens (NTS). Royal Deeside with walks at beauty spots on route to Braemar.

Wednesday evening. Self catering accommodation at Braemar Youth Hostel (Scottish Youth Hostels Association).



Duthie Park in Aberdeen. One of many outstanding displays.


Day four Thursday.

Visit the gardens of Balmoral Castle (subject to being open). Return to Glasgow via Glamis Castle in Angus and Branklyn Garden in Perth. Arrive in the evening.

When the Royal Family is in residence we cannot visit the gardens of Balmoral Castle.



Travel light as we are only away for four days.

Bring strong walking shoes or walking boots as we will encounter rough and possibly wet terrain. We can hope that we will have good weather!




Cullen Harbour at Sunset.


The Hostels have kitchen facilities available for guests. I recommend that you do not carry large quantities of food with you. We will stop each day at a supermarket when you can purchase fresh produce. You may choose to eat out.

Fee. The cost of this expedition is (under review). A deposit is required with the balance being due 21 days before departure.

The fee paid covers travelling, accommodation and my services – driving and acting as Guide. Food and entry charges to properties are not included. Members of the National Trust for Scotland will gain free entry to all NTS properties when they show their membership card.


The programme may be subject to change.