This specially curated tour, led by artist Erin Hill and botanical and gardening expert Kate Heffernan, allows you to sketch and visit some of Scotland’s most beautiful gardens and striking landscapes. There is time to walk, draw, learn or simply relax and take in the history of Scotland at its most dramatic and historic. You will also stay in some distinctive hotels with magnificent settings, which you will be able to enjoy well into the long, light-filled evenings.
Sample local whisky and learn about Edinburgh’s Enlightenment before travelling via the spectacular Cairngorms, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Loch Lomond, the Trossachs and the haunting battleground at Culloden. Cross the highlands to the Isle of Skye and Plockton village, drive through Glencoe, past the Trossachs and Loch Lomond to Glasgow. Visit glorious gardens, meet the Lady Laird at Attadale House, see Eilean Donan Castle and visit Dunvegan and Inveraray Castles.
Kate Heffernan’s career in horticulture spans more than 40 years working with botanic gardens across Australia. Kate has also written and presented across broadcast media on gardens and gardening. Kate has a special interest in the plant explorers and garden history, both of which are covered in this tour. A keen traveller with an emphasis on garden-based travel, Kate has led tours to the gardens of France, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia.
Travel sketching has been a particular passion of Erin Hill for more than two decades. As an advertising art director and illustrator, Erin learnt the skills to simplify a visual story in a limited time. Erin then studied at the Julian Ashton School of Art before becoming a gallery owner and teacher. Erin has taught sketching in workshops and classes around the world and also on many sketching tours to destinations including USA, UK, France, Italy, Turkey, Morocco, Spain, Cuba and Fiji.
The cost of the tour is USD $5,361 per person sharing, or USD $6,621 with a room to yourself.