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HORTUS Goes to South West Scotland

19 September 2022

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Join us for this Autumn tour as we will stray from the beaten track to the south western corner of Scotland to Dumfries and Galloway. Travel with Adam Wilkinson, chosen by David Wheeler to represent Hortus, and discover some of Scotland’s most remarkable gardens, restorations and nurseries. 

Dumfries House images credit Nacho Rivera / The Garden of Cosmic Speculation/Portrack image credit John Jencks

The Dumfries & Galloway region lies in the south westerly corner of Scotland.  It may well be off the beaten track but with its mild oceanic climate it is enriched by some of the loveliest gardens in the country including high profile contemporary gardens, award winning restorations and nationally renowned specialist plant nurseries. September is a great time to visit these gardens which grow a wide range of subtropical species and late summer perennials. For the first night we stay at Dumfries House Lodge and dine in privacy in the prestigious Dumfries House. For the following three nights we have exclusive use of The Knockinaam Lodge, located on the Rhins of Galloway, a five-star restaurant with rooms with breath-taking views out to the Irish Sea with its own private cove to explore.  Adam Wilkinson joins us as the Tour Host, chosen by David Wheeler to be the Hortus representative. Adam is a seasoned traveller, passionate gardener and charming host.

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Dumfries House Lodge, Cumnock


Sitting on the edge of 2,000 acres of the Dumfries House Estate and only a few hundred metres from Dumfries House itself, Dumfries House Lodge is an exclusive five-star Country Guest House offering luxury accommodation. Built in 1750 and brought into use a few years prior to the completion of Dumfries House, the ‘Garden Cottage’ as it was known in the 18th-Century, became the Factor’s House and remained so for over 200 years.

Knockinaam Lodge, Stranraer


Knockinaam Lodge is an intimate 10-bedroom hotel and the only luxury boutique hotel in Dumfries and Galloway, with a great history to tell. This historic hunting lodge featured in John Buchan’s The 39 Steps, was the boyhood home of Royal Navy submarine ace, Lieutenant Commander Malcolm David Wanklyn VC, and the secret meeting place for Churchill and Eisenhower as they planned the D-Day landings.