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03 June 2019Residential Outing to the Gardens of North Wales
20 May 2019Outing to Branklyn Garden, Perth and to Scone Palace
11 May 2019Wildflower Walk from Balmerino Abbey
08 April 2019Monday morning coffee mornings at Kellie Castle start again!
10 September 2018Residential outing to Aberdeenshire Castles and Gardens - cancelled
26 July 2018Arbroath Outing to Hospitalfield House, the Chapel at the Western Cemetery, and the Signal Tower Museum
27 June 2018Falkland Palace Gardens: a brief guided tour through history and the seasons with Interim Head Gardener Susan Thores
22 May 2018Outing to St Vincent St Church and Holmwood House, Glasgow
27 July 2017Outing to Barry Mill, House of Dun and the Pictish stones at Aberlemno
13 June 2017St Mary’s Cathedral and Song School, Edinburgh and the Royal Burgh of Culross
20 May 2017Outing to The Isle of Man
05 July 2016Outing to The House of the Binns and the Bo'ness-Kinneil Railway
06 June 2016Residential trip to Liverpool
01 June 2016Kingarrock hickory golf course, Hill of Tarvit
26 May 2016The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and Newhailes

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Residential Outing to the Gardens of North Wales
Monday 03 June 2019

June 3 - 7, 2019


Monday 3 June 2019
We depart by coach from our local departure points and head for Wales, breaking our journey with a visit to Housesteads, perhaps the best-known fort on Hadrian;s Wall, and one of the most iconic sites of the Roman Empire. A guided tour is included here; please note there is a steep walk from the coach park.
Following our visit we continue to our comfortable accommodation at the Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon. The hotel was built around 1794 by the 2 nd Earl of Uxbridge, and is situated within walking distance of Caernarfon’s walled town and castle. The hotel also boasts a swimming pool and sauna. Dinner is served in the evening.

Tuesday 4 June 2019
This morning, after breakfast, we travel to Crûg Farm Plants, near Caernarfon. The owners are the only plant collectors in England and Wales to hold a permanent collecting licence with the exception of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Travelling to the mountains and forests of Vietnam, Taiwan and Sri Linka they have collected species of podophyllum, sarcococca and the evergreen shrub daphniphyllum. Today they are specialists on a broad spectrum of temperate forest plants - shrubs, exquisite herbaceous perennials, climbers and bulbous plants from Nepal, Korea and Central America.
We then continue to Plas Newydd. Set amidst breathtakingly beautiful scenery on the Menai Strait, this elegant house was redesigned by James Wyatt in the 18th century. The 1930s restyled interior is famous for its Rex Whistler association, containing his largest painting, a magnificent trompe l’oeil mural. A military museum contains relics of the 1st Marquess of Anglesey, who commanded the cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo. There is a fine spring garden and Australasian arboretum, with an understorey of shrubs and wild flowers, a summer terrace and massed hydrangeas. Lunch available here (not included).
We later visit Plas Cadnant, a hidden historic garden which is slowly being uncovered – a Welsh ‘Lost Gardens of Heligan’. Three different gardens have been discovered, including an unusual walled garden with curving walls and a pool, a secret valley garden with three waterfalls and a river, and an upper woodland garden with stone outcrops and the remains of a 19 th century folly. Since 1997 large parts of the gardens have undergone a spectacular transformation and have been restored to their former glory.
We return to the hotel in time for dinner.

Wednesday 5 June 2019
Following breakfast we depart for our visit Penrhyn Penrhyn Castle - built by Thomas Hopper between 1820 and 1845 for the wealthy Pennant family, who made their fortune from Jamaican sugar and Welsh slate. The castle is crammed with fascinating items including an outstanding collection of paintings and a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria.  The kitchen and other servants' rooms, including scullery, larders and chef's sitting room, have all been restored to reveal the preparations for the banquet for the Prince of Wales' visit in 1894. The vast grounds include parkland, an extensive exotic tree & shrub collection and a Victorian walled garden.
This afternoon we make our way to the walled market town of Conwy to visit Aberconwy House, one of the oldest datable medieval merchant houses in Wales. There will also be the opportunity to walk the famous Conwy Suspension Bridge and visit the Toll House and garden with some free time to explore the town at leisure. You may wish to wander down the quayside where you will see the smallest house in Britain or visit Plas Mawr, the magnificent 16 th century town house (entrances not included).
We later return to the hotel in time for dinner.

Thursday 6 June 2019
Following breakfast we depart for Porthmadog where we will enjoy a single journey on the Ffestiniog Railway, from Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog the oldest independent railway company in the World, founded by an Act of Parliament in 1832. The little narrow-gauge steam engines have great character and are perfectly suited to the task of hauling their trains of colourfully liveried carriages through the peaceful Welsh countryside.
On arrival we will be met by coach and continue to Plas Tan y Bwlch, a spectacular Victorian garden nestling in dramatic mountain scenery within the Snowdonia National Park. Much of the garden as seen today was originally laid out for William Edward Oakeley by Head Gardener John Roberts in a period lasting from 1879 until 1912. Covering 13 acres, this ‘garden for all seasons’ hosts a magnificent collection of flowering rhododendrons and azaleas in spring and early summer which includes a 120-year-old rhododendron tunnel. Later, shrubs, roses and herbaceous plants
growing in the warm south-facing sunny borders are a delight. Lunch available here (not included).
We later visit to Portmeirion, the famous Italianate village. Sir Clough Williams-Ellis acquired the site for Portmeirion in 1925 for less than £5,000 as it was then ";a neglected wilderness";

Over the course of 50 years the village was developed in a unique and wonderfully eccentric style, while at all times staying in harmony with the natural surroundings. Much work has been carried out in recent years to improve the gardens, enhancing the beauty of the architecture. We will take a walk in 'The Gwyllt',  a display woodland where the major concentrations of Rhododendron, Azalea and Camellia were planted, with a wide variety of choice trees. Refreshments (not included) are available.
We return to the hotel in time for dinner.

Friday 7 June 2019
Sadly our time in Wales has come to an end and following breakfast this morning, we will check-out of our hotel and begin our journey home, we will enjoy a stop off at Melrose to visit Harmony Gardens, a delightfully tranquil walled garden comprising lawns, herbaceous and mixed borders and Priorwood Gardens, a specialist garden where plants grown are selected for their suitability for drying. Their colourful and imaginative selection ensures variety for the dried flower arrangements, local plants and produce that can be purchased on the premises.
Following our visit we then continue our journey back to Fife, stopping en-route for refreshments (not included) before we arrive back at our original departure point in the evening.

Included in the price
 Four nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon. All rooms have private facilities
 Comfortable coaching throughout
 Visits to Crûg Farm Plants, Plas Newydd House and Garden, Portmeirion, Penrhyn Castle and Gardens, Conwy suspension bridge and toll house, Aberconwy House, return journey on Ffestiniog Railway and the gardens of Plas Cadnant, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Harmony and Priorwood Gardens
 Services of a Brightwater Holidays tour manager

Not included (per person)
 Single supplement £20 per person per night
 Insurance Price on request


For more information or to request a booking form, please contact

Barbara Fotheringham