Dawyck Botanic Garden

Azalea Terrace
Azalea Terrace, Dawyck Botanic Garden

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh has three regional gardens. We’ve visited Benmore on the Cowal Peninsula and Logan in Galloway so recently decided to complete the set with Dawyck in the Borders. It was June. It was relatively sunny when we left Glasgow. You’ve guessed it – it was pouring when we got to Dawyck. The solution? Have lunch! The café is excellent, but even with this delaying tactic, we were dodging showers most of the afternoon.

Dawyck is a woodland garden on a steep hill so be aware of that before planning a walk there. However, the lower parts of the garden are the most colourful (see the Azalea Terrace above) and have various sculptures, including a statue of David Douglas, a famous Scottish plant hunter, so they are still worth visiting.

If you venture further up, you are treated to views back down to Dawyck House (not open to the public) and the chapel. The bench at the viewpoint has featured in a previous post and is inscribed “In memory of Jane Dawson who loved Dawyck in all its seasons”.

We dried off over a cup of tea in the café before heading into nearby Peebles, where we were finally blessed with blue skies. Straddling the River Tweed, this picturesque market town has been a Royal Burgh since at least the 1150s. We enjoyed looking at the historic buildings in the High Street, many of which were proudly dated (hover over the gallery to see the captions or click on an image to enlarge).

We walked back to the car along the riverbank, also passing this graveyard with the ruins of St Andrew’s Kirk which has been abandoned since the 1560s.

Another day which proves there’s no point sitting at home waiting for the Scottish weather to improve. Just get on with it and you’ll be rewarded eventually.

Linked to Jo’s Monday Walks – lots of other interesting ventures there.