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Garden Walks 2013
Here are some of the gardens we visited.
Achamore Gardens Gigha.
This is one of our most popular destinations. The island off the west coast of Kintyre is owned by the people of Gigha through a Trust.  The three hour drive from Glasgow and the ferry journey of twenty five minutes makes it accessible from Glasgow in a day.
Rhododendron (let me know the name please)
                      Camellia thrives and flowers well in the mild climate of Gigha.
Traquaire – full of surprises in the Scottish Borders.

The weather was incredible. Warm and sunny at the end of September. What more could garden walkers hope for. The Maze was … well amazing! Janette navigated our way to three stations in the maze and we had four visits to the fourth station and then she broke out of the loop to lead us to the centre. What fun we all had.


The walled garden was more like an orchard than a garden. Many of the apples had fallen from the trees. A visit at apple blossom time would be excellent!


Traquaire House Brewery and shop is worth visiting. The samples of three of the beers were appreciated by those inclined to a wee tipple or just curious. My favourite is Traquair Jacobite Ale. It has a slightly burnt barley flavour through the dark, very drinkable, beer.

The woodland walk is full of interest. Ancient Yews twisted into spooky shapes are fascinating and the trees must be over 3000 years old (my gestimate). No visit to Traquair would be complete without saying hello to the goats, pigs and hens. All were pleased to see us.

An interesting place and recommended for walking, house tours and the wonderful Bear Gates.

The famous bear gates guarding the approach to Traquaire House, near Peebles, have been closed since 1745 – when the last person to pass through was Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Now, 250 years later, the ancient Traquair House Brewery celebrates the Jacobite cause by producing this potent spiced ale to a traditional fine recipe. Sip slowly and remember the old toast ' to the King o'er the water”. From the label of Jacobite Ale whilst sober. The bottle smells gorgeous even when empty. Sounding desperate - all in the interests of writing.

Brian Sutherland.

September 2013.

Pics to follow.