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If you would like to receive the Walking Programme Booklet through the post twice a year you can usually obtain a copy at your nearest public library in Glasgow. Alternatively you can request to be put on the mailing list for the booklet. Write to Ms Jane Damer, The Walking Programme, Glasgow Life, 20 Trongate, GLASGOW, G1 5ES.


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2012 Programme of Garden and Landscape Walks. Archive for information only.

April 5. Ardmaddy Castle Gardens and Seil Island, Argyll. This is a much loved destination and we will have time to explore both garden and island. We cross the Bridge over the Atlantic to reach Seil Island.

April 19. The Hirsel Country Park, Coldstream, Scottish Borders. Home of the Home family including the late Sir Alec Douglas-Home a previous Prime Minister. Extensive policies with substantial Rhododendrons.

May 3 Cambo House Garden, The Kingdom of Fife. This is a garden we can visit at any time of the year. It is well known for snowdrops and now it's Tulip Festival.

May 17. Inwood, Carberry near Musselburgh.# A special request made on our last visit – to see the garden at tulip time. This garden is always a pleasure to see and this visit will be no exception.

May 31 Bargany House Garden, Near Girvan, Ayrshire. # On our doorstep a little known garden which is open for a limited time each year. This is a lovely garden with extensive landscaped parkland.

June 14. Brechin Castle Gardens, Brechin Angus. This is another garden which is open for a limited time each year. Parkland and a walled garden over 13 acres in extent. One gardener cultivates this substantial garden.

June 28. Glenwhan Water Garden, Dunraggit, Galloway. One spectacular water garden cut out of moorland and farm field. Plenty to see. A welcome visit to Galloway.

July 12. Earlshall Castle, Leuchars, The Kingdom of Fife. The garden is home of extensive Yew topiary. Herbaceous borders and a vegetable garden make for a good walk.

July 26. Manderston, Dunns, Scottish Borders.# Said to have the world's only silver staircase this Edwardian House has terraced gardens, parkland, walled garden and glasshouse.

August 9. The House of Pitmuies, Angus. This garden has a special ambiance. It is a time capsule. This is how house gardens would have looked a hundred years ago.

August 23. Achamore Gardens the Isle of Gigha.# We travel to the Gigha ferry at Tayinloan leaving Glasgow at 8 am sharp. Individuals pay their return ferry as foot passenger. We will walk from the ferry to the gardens and back. The minibus will be parked on the mainland. We will return to Glasgow arriving at around 9 pm. The garden will be in it's full summer glory with the restored herbaceous borders.

September 6. Falkland Palace (NTS) and Kinross House. # Falkland Palace Gardens will be ablaze with herbaceous and mixed border displays. Kinross House has fine gardens looking out over Loch Leven to the castle which held Mary Queen of Scots.

September 20. Inverary Castle Gardens and Crarae Gardens Argyll. # Our first visit to Inverary Castle Garden. Crarae is an old favourite and this should prove quite a contrast.

# indicates request by the Garden Walks participants.

Dates run fortnightly from April 5. There are only 13 dates to programme.

Following consultation the programme has been agreed by Jane and will be published in the Walking Programme Booklet. You can book then.

The day visit to Gigha is going ahead and Jane is sharing the driving with me for which I am grateful. It is through Jane's good offices that we are able to return again to Gigha also known as God's Island. Those who have visited the islands off the West Coast of Scotland will not be surprised to know that several are known as "Gods Island".

If sufficient numbers book Jane has advised me that arrangements will be made for an extra minibus to take the additional customers to Gigha.


Many good suggestions have come from the members of the Garden walks group. We value this input very much and have incorporated many of your suggestions in the programme.

Brian Sutherland.

Updated 15 March 2012.


Part of the walking programme run by Culture and Leisure Glasgow.

Nov. 11 Logan House Garden, Galloway

This lovely garden is next door to Logan Gardens (RBGE) which is the original walled garden of Logan House. Both are very worth visiting in their own right. We will also visit Port Patrick which is a beautiful seaside village.

Fagus sylvatica. Beech has brilliant autumn colour and juvenile twigs retain their leaves all winter making it an excellent plant for a hedge.


Nov 25 Kelburn Country Park near Largs.

Interesting castle which is the home of Lord Glasgow. Extensive walks in the estate policies combined with a brief visit to Largs.

Dec 9 Dumfries House and estate near Cumnock, Ayrshire.

Run by a Trust supported by HRH Prince Charles, the Duke of Rothesay.




Good walks in the grounds of the estate. The house and tea room are also worth visiting.

Jan. 13 Glenkiln Estate Sculpture Garden, Shawhead near Dumfries.

Substantial sculptures by Henry Moore, Sir Jacob Epstein and Auguste Rodin in a beautiful and spacious setting. Sir William Kessock assembled these sculptures with the help of Henry Moore who was a close friend.




Good walks to welcome our New Year. Wear walking boots and be prepared for inclement weather. Glenkiln is one of Scotland's best kept secrets.

Jan. 27. Beecraigs Country Park near Linlithgow.

Excellent walks and spectacular views across surrounding countryside. Red Deer enclosures and Venison available for sale. Restaurant on site. Good day in the countryside.



Feb. 10 Brodick Castle and Country Park, Brodick, Isle of Arran.

Ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick. Take a good walk to Castle and in the country park. Return to mainland. Walkers pay for the ferry crossing as foot passengers.



February 24. Findlayston Estate near Bishopton.

Walks to enjoy the snowdrops which should be in flower at this time of year. Millions of snowdrops in a beautiful estate with mature trees many several hundred years old. Brush up on your tree identification skills.



March 10. Morning: The Linns, Sherrifmuirnear Stirling.

The snowdrop collection of almost one hundred species and varieties is treasured by Evelyn and Lewis Stevens, the owners of this remote garden.




There may be an opportunity to buy some snowdrop bulbs. Excellent opportunity to see varieties you would like in your own garden.

March 10. Afternoon: Gargunnock House,Gargunnock Stirlingshire.

This garden is known for its snowdrops. The grounds are planted with trees and Rhododendrons. Enjoy early spring in a beautiful part of Scotland.



March 24. Threave Gardens and Threave Castle, Castle Douglas.

Walk around the beautiful springtime displays in the NTS garden and walk to Threave Castle on the River Dee. The gardens are the home of a large collection of Narcissi some bred by the previous owner Major Gordon who gifted the estate to the National Trust.




There will be an opportunity to spend a short time in Castle Douglas which is a Food Town. It has traditional high street Butchers and Bakers for example. Just the way all towns used to be.

Start of new programme Summer 2011 – consultation draft. Please suggest other destinations with gardens worth visiting.

April 7 Arduaine near Oban.


One of Scotland finest woodland gardens at a good time to see spring in the West coast. Rhododendrons should be coming into their own. Rhododendron ponticum, the much maligned one, provides much of the shelter which made the garden possible. Planted by a Tea Planter, James Campbell, the garden is a National Trust for Scotland Property.



Above: the view towards Jura from the viewpoint in Arduaine Garden.


April 22 Glendoick Garden Perthshire.

A fabulous display of Rhododendrons and Azaleas is the highlight of this garden, Garden Centre and Nursery. Good walks in the Woodland Garden. Several generations of the Cox family are renown as 'Plant Hunters' and this is reflected in the gardens and nurseries.




May 5. Craigieburn Garden, Near Moffat.


 This is a lovely garden graced by a collection of plants from Nepal collected by the owner Janet Wheatcroft aided by Dawa Sherpa the gardener. Prayer flags and prayer wheels create not only opportunities for prayer, they add to the colour and mystery of the place. It could be a little bit of Nepal in Scotland!



May 19. Stonefield Castle Gardens, Near Tarbert, Argyll.

All being well we will enjoy a spectacle of Rhododendrons. Some of the Rhododendrons at this Hotel date back to the 1850s and are among the biggest we are likely to see. They were collected by Joseph Hooker on his Sikkim expedition.




Garden and Landscape Walks Summer and Autumn 2010

The walks are part of the Walking Programme run by the Physical and Outdoor Team of Culture and Sport Glasgow.
They leave from the front of the City Chambers, Glasgow at nine am unless otherwise stated.
For further information contact Jane Damer on 0141 287 3611.
Book early to avoid dissappointment. The walks are popular. If a walk is fully booked ask to be put on the Reserve List to take advantage of any cancellation.
The Walking Programme booklet is publish twice a year. Request that your details are added to the mailing list. To be sure of a place book as soon as you recieve the booklet. Alternatively you can pick up a copy in Glasgow's local Libraries. 
Full details of prices, concessions and booking arrangements are in the booklet.
You can make telephone bookings by card payment.
0141 287 3836 or 0141 287 3611.                   Above - Glendoick Garden, Perthshire.
All walks are relatively easy in pleasant gardens and landscapes. Always wear strong walking shoes or preferably walking boots and bring clothing for protection from rain.
The terrain in many gardens is uneven and in wet conditions we can be walking through boggy ground. Carry a packed lunch and drinks. There may be opportunities to buy lunch in the properties we visit or nearby.
During the long summer nights be prepared to return to Glasgow in the evening. We do this to make the most of daylight on our garden walks. Take your camera and capture memories of great days out. Jane would like some of your photographs for the Walking Programme publication. Send her your best pictures and ask for an acknowlegement in the publication.
Thursday 13 May. Glenwhan Water Gardens, Galloway.
Glenwhan is celebrating thirty years as a garden cut out from wild moorland. Rhododendrons and spring flowering plants will be at their best which should be quite a spectacle. Good walking can be enjoyed in the garden and on the adjacent moorland. A guided tour of the garden has been booked for our party.
Thursday 27 May. Barguillean's “Angus Garden” Taynuilt, Argyll. 
This nine acre woodland garden is set in the Lonan Hills. There are views to Ben Cruachan and the garden is on the shore of Loch Angus.
Feast your eyes on the North American Hybrid Rhododendrons. Great walking and tranquillity to be enjoyed.
Thursday 10 June Cluny House Garden, Near Aberfeldy, Perthshire.
Described as a wild and cultivated garden. A large population of red squirrels is encouraged by the owners and enjoyed by visitors.  A plantsmans, plantswomans garden containing many Himalayan species introduced from seed gathered by botanists in the Himalayas.
Thursday 24 June. The Alnwick Garden, Alnwick, Northumberland.
Ten years ago the Duchess of Northumberland set out to create a new garden for the public.
Remarkably a derelict site was chosen and what we see today has to be very special. Millions of pounds have been invested and this garden is worth visiting. A request for a return visit.
Thursday 8 July Achnacille, Kilmelford, Argyll.
Achnacille is Gaelic for “the field of the Church” or glebe. A private garden enjoying sweeping views over Loch Melfort.
Location, trees shrubs and herbaceous plants along with a small rock garden, burn and pond make this an interesting garden. We will have an opportunity to enjoy a walk along part of the Crinan Canal.
Thursday 22 July. Little Sparta.
Pick fruit in the Clyde Valley in the morning. Visit Little Sparta, Dunsyre, in the afternoon.A special arrangement has been made to facilitate our visit.
Ian Hamilton Findlay's garden and art in a lowland setting is always a joy to visit. Good walking in a rural setting.
Thursday 5 August. Glamis Castle, Angus.
Childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This is a long overdue visit to interesting gardens. The Italian Garden has extensive parterre and ornamental gates commemorate the eightieth birthday of the Queen Mother.



Extensive grounds will provide good walks and the Pinetum planted in 1870 will be an education. There is a four acre walled garden which was kept in grass for years. It has been restored recently.

Thursday 19 August.
Jupiter Artland, Bonnington House, Wilkieston, Edinburgh.
Morning.  This is an award winning sculpture park showing the works of many artist including Charles Jencks for example.
 The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
Afternoon. An opportunity to enjoy Scotland's premier garden in summer. The magnificent rock garden, the Chinese Garden, the herbaceous borders and the Arboretum will all be making a magnificent display. Good peaceful walks in Auld Reekie.
Thursday 2 September. Broughton House and Garden, Kirkcudbright.
Home of the “Glasgow Boy” EA Hornel the renown Scottish Colourist the 18th Century town house is a treasure trove of art.
The garden is described as “a magical secret garden” on the banks of the Dee. There will be an opportunity to explore Kirkcudbright and surrounding area and enjoy walking in the beautiful countryside. Bring you National Trust for Scotland card with you for free entry to House and Garden.
Thursday 16 September. St Andrews Botanic Garden, St Andrews, Kingdom of Fife.
A return to this popular garden packed full of well labelled and interesting plants. There will be time for a short visit to the old walled town. 
We plan to return by the East Neuk of Fife through the beautiful fishing villages with their red pan tiles and crow stepped gables – reminiscent of ancient Scotland.
Thursday 30 September. Castle Kennedy, Galloway.
Great walks through the estate to Lochinch Castle. Many trees in mature woodland settings. There are 63 hectares to explore. We may see early autumn colour depending on season.
There is an interesting walled garden with many unusual plants growing in abundance. Plant sales at the shop include many plants grown at the gardens from stock which was collected for the garden over one hundred years ago.
Thursday 14 October. Ardchatten Priory, North Connell.
The Priory dates from the thirteen century and is cared for by Historic Scotland. The house and garden are privately owned.
The gardens are on the north side of Loch Etive with great views across the loch to Ben Cruachan and Mull. There is a large collection of plants including Sorbus species and many trees and shrubs which enjoy the west coast climate can be seen. Some striking and rich autumn colours should be on display.
Thursday 28 Ocober. Drummond astle Garden near Crieff.
The castle is not open to the public but the gardens are. A long Beech Avenue welcomes visitors to this great castle. Italianate parterre meeting in a St Andrew's Cross is a spectacular feature. At this time of year we are almost certain to see wonderful autumn colour.
This visit is a request and is long overdue.
Returning from Achamore Gardens, Isle of Gigha April 2010.