Follow one of Scotland’s most gorgeous coastal routes to the surprisingly lush, tropical oasis of Inverewe Garden, a botanical treasure created out of an almost barren landscape in 1862.
Depart from the pier and begin driving along the shores of Loch Broom, a broad waterway fringed with pristine rocky beaches and dotted with traditional villages. The landscape is mesmerizing as you settle in for the ride to the natural paradise of Inverewe Garden.
Looking at the garden’s thriving flora, it’s hard to imagine that this was once a barren, rocky promontory battered by strong winds and salt spray. In 1862, when Osgood Mackenzie bought the property, the landscape began to change. He planted 100 acres of pines to shelter it, brought in rich soil, and began planting species collected from around the world.
Today, Inverewe Garden is a botanical gem that despite its northerly latitude supports a huge variety of subtropical plants, thanks to the warming currents of the Gulf Stream. Incredibly, the garden’s latitude is north of Moscow’s, but you would never know it from wandering the verdant grounds. As you walk the tree-lined garden paths, you may see rare Wollemi pines, Himalayan blue poppies, olearia from New Zealand, and rhododendrons from China. Exotic flowers are sure to be in bloom, including species from South America.
When Mackenzie died in 1922 at age 80, his daughter continued his botanical work until giving the garden to the National Trust for Scotland. Following your visit, you will return to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes nearly 3-hours of walking/standing. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Due to gradients and tree roots, not all areas will be accessible to those in a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Warm, layered clothing and water-proof outerwear; sun cap; sunglasses; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended.