Gardens of Ireland and Scotland

Relishing Country Life with Karin Stanley
Optional extension

June 16 - 21, 2019

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      MSHS Scotland Ex Balmoral   
MSHS Scotland Ex Cambo   
MSHS Scotland Ex Drummond   


Join Karin Stanley, Irish born sculptor and garden designer, C. Colston Burrell and the Minnesota State Horticultural Society to continue our exploration of grand castles and opulent gardens in the northeast of Scotland. Delve deeper into this ancient and dramatic land of myths and legends. Experience unexploited and un-trampled castles and country gardens where a profusion of plants grow with unparalleled exuberance amongst old castles, walled gardens, and along wooded walks. Explore the rich history chronicled with the hallowed walls of three magnificent castles.

This tour is a continuing exploration of extraordinary castles and gardens hand-picked by Karin. Sharing her personal experiences and intimate connections, we have unique opportunities to meet garden owners and head gardeners and experience the delights of the Scottish hospitality.

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the beauty and diversity of thirteen spectacular castle gardens and three country manor houses
  • Explore the grandeur and rich history of six castles, including Balmoral and Crathes
  • Discover Abbotsford, home of historian Sir Walter Scott
  • Partake of tea and scones at Dunninald Castle with Mary Stansfield
  • Participate in a private tour of Scone Palace Gardens
  • Visit with Lady Charlotte Wemyss, the doyenne of Clematis
  • Relish daily lunches in traditional Scottish pubs
  • Delve into the extensive plant collection Cambo Walled Garden
  • Marvel at the formal gardens of Drummond Castle, used in the TV series Outlander as a stand in for the Gardens at Versailles

Land-Only Tour Price
From $3,795 per person, with 12 participants
From $3,025 per person, with 16 participants

*Price is per person based on double occupancy and a minimum number of participants, as listed above. Additional cost for single accommodations is $400. Airfare from your home city is additional. Carlson Wagonlit Travel air coordinators can assist you with flight reservations.

Tour Package Inclusions

  • Five nights’ accommodations in 4-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • All ground transportation in private motor coach
  • Sightseeing and garden admissions as listed on the itinerary
  • Hotel porterage for 1 suitcase and 1 carry-on per person
  • Local tour host Karin Stanley
  • Tour escort C. Colston Burrell
  • A tax-deductible donation of $100 for members of the Minnesota State Horticulture Society

Not included: Airfare from your home city
; airline fees for checked, oversized or overweight luggage; additional nights; optional sightseeing activities; gratuities for housekeeping, tour escort or local tour guide; meals not indicated in the itinerary; travel insurance; other items not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary.

Space is limited - register soon to secure your spot!
Registration deadline is January 25, 2019

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