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The Glasgow Garden Walks group - Exploring Scotland Together
 The Glasgow Garden Walks Group is an active group of Glasgow and Greater Glasgow folk who combine healthy walking with the exploration of gardens in Scotland. In the winter time this includes landscapes which do not necessarily have gardens.
In the summer time members of the group explore Scotland on tours of four to seven days long. Gardens are included in these tours of places such as the Western Isles, Shetland, Orkney, Galloway, Mull, Iona, Banffshire, Sutherland and Caithness, Skye and Raasay for example. The group has ventured as far as the St Kilda Archepeligo.
We meet many enthusiastic and helpful horticulturists on our travels. Dumfries House, Ayrshire.
 The members of the group vary in gardening interest. Some have super gardens. Some live in flats and sheltered housing. Some just love the company of their friends and good walks in beautiful settings. All of us love a good tea room with freshly baked scones for our 11 am break!  Many have been walkers for years participating in hill walking and long distance walks St Cuthberts Way in the Scottish Borders for example.
Programme 2015
Garden Walks Diary January until June 2015
All walks start at 9 am in front of City Chambers, George Square, Glasgow. Exception – if a different time is indicated against an individual walk e.g. for catching the ferry to Gigha.

This list was issued on 4th. February 2015.


January 22. Tentsmuir Forest and Kinshaldy Beach the Kingdom of Fife.

A popular Beach Walk and a walk through a pine forest near Leuchars.



February 5. Ardandan Walled Garden and Findlaystone House estate Renfrewshire.

Meet the pigs - tickle them behind the ears – and garden centre and snowdrops. Mass plantings of snowdrops at Findlaystone. A good walk.


February 19. Dunskey Estate near Portpatrick, Galloway.

Walled garden and estate at snowdrop time. A very popular garden at a special time of year. Snowdrops in the green for sale.


March 5. Cally Woods, Gatehouse of Fleet near Castle Douglas in Galloway – to see snowdrops. Explore the most beautiful village of Gatehouse of Fleet. We visited the Cally woods many years ago!


March 19. Callender House Falkirk and the Falkirk Wheel.

Daffodils with luck! A short spin on the famous Falkirk wheel operated by water power! The Kelpies if time allows. Popular request.



Rhododendron praecox. Irene and Laura enjoy the RBGE in March.


April 2. Duntreath Castle Blanefield. A truly magical place.

New. Lady Julie Edmonstone is looking forward to our visit and she is kindly providing refreshments upon our arrival. This is included in the entry charge which is £5.

Lady Edmonstone is an enthusiastic gardener and gives lectures and talks on gardens and garden design. We will see snowdrops and wonderful trees! The proceeds from our visit go towards improving the garden.


April 16 Achamore Garden, Isle of Gigha off the Mull of Kintyre.

A fabulous garden for Rhododendrons. 8 am start to catch ferry. Be prepared to return to Glasgow at about 9/10 pm. Fish supper break in Tarbert, Loch Fyne on the way home! Bring a picnic or indulge in a pub lunch at the Gigha Hotel. A popular request. Gigha means God's island.

April 30 Cortachy House Garden and an Angus glen.

Close to the glens of Angus this fine garden is a blaze of colour and scent when the Azaleas are in flower. We hope to catch this subject to the growing season.

May 14 Stobo Water Garden in the Scottish Borders.

This is a garden which is not easy to find. However the burn and bridges with mature trees and extensive under planting of herbaceous plants make for a beautiful experience. It is like an oasis in the Border land. A request.


May 28 The Alnick Garden in Northumberland.

A fabulous new/recent garden created by the Duchess of Northumberland. The best tree house in Britain? A poisons garden with cannabis growing in it! Courtesy of the Home Office.

Places to eat in and places to go for visual stimulation. See what you can do if you have a few million pounds to spend making a new garden. A popular request. Leave Glasgow at 9 am. Return between 8 and 9 pm.

June 11. Binney Plants West Lothian.

Specialist grower of Peonies. Did you know that peonies come in a variety of colours and variation of perfumes? They originate from China and Japan and are incorporated in art in these countries. In Russia we were given a big bunch of peaonies everywhere we went with Glasgow's traditional street games. At the end of our ten day stay the huge pickle jar, supplied by the concierge at the Intourist Hotel, was a riot of colour and a beautiful perfume filled the room.

June 25. Elizabeth MacGregor's Nursery and Walled Garden Kirkcudbright.

Ellenbeck has a wonderful walled garden which has one of the best displays of herbaceous plants I have seen. This is a superb nursery and don't leave without at least one of the excellent plants!

Try one of the new cultivars of Geranium which have been bred here by Elizabeth and have won awards at the Chelsea Flower Show RHS.


Please note the programme may be subject to change. Booking will continue to be from blocks of three walks at a time and notice will be given of when to book. Reminder. All walks start at 9 am unless otherwise indicated.

Brian Sutherland, for the Glasgow Garden Walks Group

661 Clarkston Road


G44 3QL

Telephone 0141 633 2228 Mobile 0798 274 2948

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Coming in the July to December programme … Tyninghame Walled Garden. Logan Botanic Garden in Galloway. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation, Holywood, Dumfries. Caol Ruadh, the Kyles of Bute. Kellie Castle in the Kingdom of Fife. The Enchanted Forest, Pitlochry. Scone Palace, Perth.