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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Secrets Gardens of the Western Seaboard

Explore the picturesque west coast of Scotland, home to some of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, including stunning Inverewe Garden, on this all-inclusive cruise on luxurious small ship Hebridean Princess

Small Ship Holiday
  • Dunvegan Castle Gardens
  • Ullapool

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This unique cruise is perfect for garden lovers, with included visits to some of the most celebrated gardens in Europe, all located on the west coast of Scotland.

Thousands of species of exotic plants flourish on Scotland's west coast due to the warm climate created by the North Atlantic Drift. This fantastic cruise begins with a visit to the breathtaking Attadale Gardens where magnificent sculptures are nestled in amongst the water gardens and woodland. Continue to the colourful Inverewe Garden on the picturesque shores of Loch Ewe, and the majestic Corrishalloch Gorge and waterfalls.

Discover the restored Edwardian glasshouse and arboretum in the ancient walled garden at Dundonnell House and the stunning garden at neighbouring Durnamuck. Enjoy a visit to the impressive Dunvegan Castle and its five acres of outstanding gardens, before heading to the hidden treasure of Lip na Cloiche nestled on the Isle of Mull. The magical hill garden of Ard Daraich and perfectly sculpted gardens at Ardtornish Estate complete this unique holiday.

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Secrets Gardens of Western Scotland Itinerary

Day 1 - Oban (Scotland)

Embark Hebridean Princess in Oban.

Day 2 - Plockton

Hebridean Princess cruises Kyle Rhea, the Sound of Sleat and Loch Hourn, before arriving in Plockton, a beautiful village on the bay of Loch Carron. Enjoy a visit to the colourful Attadale Gardens. Admire the impressive sculptures dotted amongst the water gardens and woodland.

Day 3 - Loch Ewe - Ullapool

Today, you'll explore the breathtaking Inverewe Garden, home to a variety of exotic plants which flourish due to the latitude. It was created in the 1860s by by Osgood Mackenzie and is located on a peninsula on the picturesque shore of Loch Ewe. Later, Hebridean Princess cruises to Ullapool for a visit to the majestic Corrieshalloch Gorge and its cascading waterfalls.

Day 4 - Ullapool

From Ullapool, travel to Little Loch Broom which is home to the magnificent walled garden at Dundonnell House, complete with restored Edwardian glasshouse, arboretum and riverside trial. Continue to neighbouring Durnamuck and its stunning coastal garden which offers a mix of shrubs and trees.

Day 5 - Skye

Arrive in Loch Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. Enjoy a visit to the impressive Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, home of clan Macleod. It boasts five acres of formal gardens which are a delight to explore. Rejoin Hebridean Princess and cruise south west Skye and the rugged Small Isles.

Day 6 - Mull

Discover the hidden treasure that is Lip na Cloiche, a private garden tucked away in a remote location on the beautiful Isle of Mull. Learn about a variety of different plants, before travelling to Glengorm Castle located on a headland overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Dependent on weather conditions, you may be able to enjoy views of the distant Outer Hebrides.

Day 7 - Fort William

On the shore of Loch Linnhe is Ard Daraich, a beautiful hill garden where you can see thousands of different species of Rhododendrons as well as rare trees. Later, continue to the Ardtornish Estate. Its gardens were built into a rocky hillside which created a natural landscape. Many of the plants were intended to be enjoyed when people approached by sea, with the impressive towers of Ardtornish House rising from a line of trees.

Day 8 - Oban

Disembark Hebridean Princess in Oban.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 7-night all-inclusive cruise on board Hebridean Princess
  • Private coach transfers from the local airport or train station to and from the ship
  • All meals on board and ashore
  • Champagne, selected wines plus beer, spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and other hot drinks
  • Knowledgeable guides on board and on tours
  • Shore excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Use of the ship’s bicycles
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Port taxes
  • Gratuities

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to and from the private coach transfer points
  • Wines from the Library Wines list
  • Private shore visits organised by request which are not part of the itinerary
  • Personal telephone calls
  • Items purchased from the shop on board
  • Personal laundry

Special Features

  • Guest Speaker:
  • Richard Baines is a Curator of the Logan Botanic Garden and regularly contributes to gardening magazines.
Map for Secrets Gardens of the Western Seaboard