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.


43 thoughts on “Dawyck Botanic Garden

  1. lovetotrav August 10, 2015 / 15:19

    OH how I love your walks. You have such a great spirit… walk on and forget the weather. Just do it. Beautiful pics as always 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh August 10, 2015 / 15:29

      Thanks. The spirit is only willing up to a point! But a few showers I can cope with.


  2. njmagas August 10, 2015 / 16:55

    Those sprawling hills! Absolutely gorgeous! And I love the stonework in the botanical garden. I’m such a sucker for old, mossy stonework.


    • Anabel Marsh August 10, 2015 / 17:31

      That’s one benefit of all the rain! The lush greenery in general.


  3. Heyjude August 10, 2015 / 18:03

    I love wandering with you in Scotland. So nice to see places I have never been to (or often heard of). It is so frustrating isn’t it when it rains as you reach your destination. I had the same issue in New Zealand at Hamilton Gardens that I really wanted to see. Solution was to shelter in the heavier showers and just go for it in the lighter ones! Not easy to take photos in the rain though. You did very well and Peebles looks nice too. Off to find the other Botanic Gardens now.


    • Anabel Marsh August 10, 2015 / 18:08

      Thank you! I can see you’ve been busily exploring. Yes, rain can be very frustrating but we get used to it here. Photos mostly John’s as usual, but I’m a very good director 🙂

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  4. Amy August 10, 2015 / 18:56

    Such a beautiful botanic garden, Anabel! Can’t imagine walk through the lush green garden and enjoy the flowers. Beautiful photos! 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh August 10, 2015 / 19:12

      Thanks! It was indeed a beautiful garden – we’ll need to go back in different seasons (or wait for a summery summer, unlike this year’s dull one).

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  5. vannillarock August 10, 2015 / 20:07

    I’m ashamed to say that Peebles is one of the few borders town I have visited.
    I totally agree that Scottish weather has a habit of clearing around 5pm no matter what it’s thrown at you all day long.
    Loved the walk.


  6. Birgit August 11, 2015 / 04:29

    These pictures are so beautiful. I love those blue poppies! What’s a few showers eh? 🙂 Who owns that home? Although it looks nothing like it, it reminds me of Downton Abbey which we now have season 5 on DVD:)


    • Anabel Marsh August 11, 2015 / 07:29

      I don’t know, just that it’s privately owned. Not quite as grand as Downton!


  7. restlessjo August 11, 2015 / 08:13

    Even with heavy skies that garden is a beauty, Anabel. I was trying to remember if we’d been there but I think not because when we were in Peebles last it was snowing 🙂 Many thanks!


      • restlessjo August 11, 2015 / 08:24

        No- I don’t remember exactly when because it was many years ago, but probably early Spring 🙂

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  8. anotherday2paradise August 11, 2015 / 13:12

    So picturesque, Anabel. Love the heron sculpture, and Dawyck House is really stunning, nestling there amongst the trees. 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh August 11, 2015 / 13:24

      Thank you! We are lucky to have so many beautiful gardens nearby.


  9. clicksclan August 11, 2015 / 21:12

    What a beautiful place to visit. You’d never know it was a rainy day from those photos.


  10. Denzil August 12, 2015 / 06:21

    Beautiful place and photos Anabel, I have never seen blue poppies before.


    • Anabel Marsh August 12, 2015 / 07:25

      Thanks! I have now seen blue poppies in several Scottish gardens – they are Himalayan in origin so maybe some 19th century plant collector brought them back.


  11. lostforwords101 August 12, 2015 / 11:01

    I visited the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden back in May 2012. I truly miss the place!


    • Anabel Marsh August 12, 2015 / 12:39

      It’s very beautiful, I can see why you would miss it.


  12. Sarah Ferguson August 12, 2015 / 14:33

    Beautiful photos, as always – I think that your blog is entirely responsible for Scotland moving up the list of places I need to visit very quickly!


    • Anabel Marsh August 12, 2015 / 21:55

      Thank you. I do love the greenery, it’s almost worth putting up with the rain!

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  13. Donna August 13, 2015 / 15:53

    Such a wonderful walk. I love the picture of the Dawyck House with the ferns in the foreground. And more blue flowers, poppies this time. I even envy the weather you’ve been getting. It’s getting really hot again in Minnesota.


    • Anabel Marsh August 13, 2015 / 17:46

      Thank you. Actually, we had a very warm day today (for us) and I got my arms a bit burnt. Tomorrow is supposed to be back to the rain again.


  14. rosemaylily2014 August 15, 2015 / 10:51

    These are such lovely photos Anabel in spite of the inclement weather! In fact the greenery is gorgeous due no doubt to all the rain. What a lovely shot of Dawyck House through the trees and the azalea gardens are magnificent. Have always thought the name Peebles sounded so quaint and now I’ve seen photos of it! Hope you’ve had some good weather for the weekend 🙂


  15. Lori L MacLaughlin August 15, 2015 / 22:29

    Beautiful gardens! I love that stone bridge. I so enjoy looking at your wonderful photos. I scrolled back through your last few posts to catch up. The Pineapple is certainly unusual. Love the Torwood Castle ruins and all the spectacular views. If I can’t be in Scotland, at least I can experience it vicariously through you. 🙂


  16. budgettraveltalk August 16, 2015 / 11:54

    I never knew there was such a thing as blue poppies. I absolutely love red poppies, the blue variety is so unusual. I’ve seen red poppies growing wild in Italy, Croatia and Spain but not the blue. We travelled around Scotland in a ford escort campervan 35 years ago and remember it’s stunning landscapes well.


    • Anabel Marsh August 16, 2015 / 12:03

      I’ve seen the blue poppies in a few Scottish gardens now – they originate in the Himalaya. Glad you have happy memories of Scotland.


  17. jazzfeathers August 17, 2015 / 12:21

    This was a fantastic walk. Those gardens are gorgeous and I love the little church 🙂


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