relax in Princes Street Gardens
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Landforrm Ueda at the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art
Dirleton Castle © Kenny Lam
Whether you are a green-fingered fanatic or you just like to relax in natural surroundings, Edinburgh and the Lothians offers a fantastic variety of stunning gardens from the internationally renowned Royal Botanic Garden and city centre green spaces to old fashioned country house gardens and romantic ruins. A perfect way to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, no visit to this region is complete without a visit to one of its stunning gardens.
Princes Street Gardens
This popular city centre garden is surrounded by the beautiful cityscape of Edinburgh and home to some of the city’s most attractive landmarks, including the towering Scott Monument and the gloriously ornate Ross Fountain. In the weeks leading up to Christmas the gardens are transformed into a Winter Wonderland complete with German market, ice rink and the 108 ft Edinburgh Wheel.
Royal Botanic Garden
With 70 acres of beautiful gardens and plant species from around the world, no trip to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Discover a beautiful place for a walk, visit the greenhouses where chilli peppers grow or step inside the John Hope Gateway, an eco-friendly visitor centre where you can discover more about plants and the work carried out by the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.
Landform Ueda at the Gallery of Modern Art
The award-winning Landform Udea of the National Gallery of Modern Art offers the chance to see a garden unlike any other you have seen before. The front lawn of the Gallery was transformed into a giant ‘landform’ sculpture by well known landscape architect Charles Jencks making the garden quite literally, a piece of art. The landform was inspired by chaos theory and shapes found in nature and features a serpentine-shaped mound and crescent-shaped pools of water.
Enjoy the haven of this beautiful three acre walled garden only 10 miles from Edinburgh city centre. The garden sits alongside the 17th century Malleny House (not open to the public) near the village of Balerno. Enjoy a relaxing stroll around this old fashioned garden which houses the national collection of 19th century shrub roses, the National Bonsai collection and four ancient yew trees dating from the 17th century.
Dirleton Castle Garden
Pay a visit to the beautiful gardens of Dirleton Castle in East Lothian. Complete with a romantic ruined castle, this is an opportunity to see a garden with a difference. The medieval fortress, now in the care of Historic Scotland, played many a part throughout Scotland’s turbulent history. Explore the arts and crafts-inspired garden and discover the world’s longest herbaceous border.
Inveresk Lodge Garden - East Lothian
Discover this inviting terraced garden in the historic village of Inveresk which entices visitors with its colourful herbaceous beds, a variety of attractive shrubs and a collection of old roses selected by Graham Stuart Thomas. The garden houses a fine Edwardian conservatory complete with aviary, tree ferns and hardy exotics. This is a beautiful place to take in the views of the Lothian countryside and the distant Pentland Hills.
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