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MacRobert Trust and Crathes Castle

July 9 : 10:00 am4:00 pm

The MacRobert TrustThe MacRobert TrustCrathes Castle
The MacRobert Trust (left & centre), Crathes Castle (right)

Book Online or send payment by cheque made payable to ‘The Professional Gardeners’ Guild’ to Colin Carmichael, Selma, Old Crieff Road, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, PH15 2DH

PGG visit to The MacRobert Trust

Based in the Northeast of Scotland, the MacRobert Trust is an estate owner and grant giving charitable organisation that annually donates over a million pounds to charity each year. The estate covers 7,200 acres of farm and woodland and sitting centrally within the estate, overlooking the beautiful ‘Howe of Cromar’ is the former home of Lady MacRobert and her family, Douneside House and Gardens.

One of the charitable aims of the Trust is to provide successful horticultural training for professional gardeners. This is done through the MacRobert Trust Horticultural Training Scheme where up to six trainees are with us at any time. The traineeships last for 1 and 2 years, are full time and fully immersive. All trainees are given a salary and provided with housing on the estate. We are proud of our successful alumni now working with the NT, NTS, English heritage, RHS, Beechgrove Gardens, Historic Environment Scotland, RBGE, private estates and more.

The gardens at Douneside sit at 750ft and extend to 17acres. They consist of an ‘Infinity’ lawn, a productive organic kitchen garden, large ornamental greenhouse, an arboretum, stream garden, terrace garden and more. Produce from the garden is provided to the house, which is now a multi-award winning hotel and all profits generated are used by the Trust in their charitable work. Douneside is an ‘RHS Partner Garden’ and the Trust is an ‘RHS Approved Qualifications Centre’.

PGG visit to Crathes Castle

Take time to wander round the internationally renowned Walled Garden. Largely, designed by Sir James Burnett and his wife Sybil in the early 20th century, it’s divided into eight individual sections. With pools, fountains, themed borders, roses and many unusual plants, it is inspirational at any time of year. For a kaleidoscope of colour it’s worth coming in summer to see the herbaceous borders at their blooming best. Don’t miss the ancient yew topiary and hedges – some of them were planted as early as 1702.

Two of the nationally significant garden collections include extremely rare conifers and the Malmaison carnation.


10:00am – 10:30am Meet at Douneside, teas, coffee and traybake on arrival.
10:30am – Introduction and guided tour of the gardens.
12:00pm – 12:45pm – Lunch at the Commercial Hotel, Tarland.
1:30pm – Visit Crathes Castle.
3:30pm – Teas and coffees in the cafe.
4.00pm – Awa hame.

Address and directions

The MacRobert Trust, Cromar, Tarland, Aberdeenshire AB34 4UD
On the B9119 towards Aberdeen. Tarland one mile.

Postcode/Satnav: AB34 4UD 


£22.00 a head which covers entrance to both gardens, guided tours and tea/coffee with tray-bake on arrival and at the end of the day. Also lunch at the Commercial Hotel, Tarland.


Book Online or send payment by cheque made payable to ‘The Professional Gardeners’ Guild’ to Colin Carmichael, Selma, Old Crieff Road, Aberfeldy, Perthshire, PH15 2DH


July 9
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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Colin Carmichael


The MacRobert Trust
Tarland, Aberdeenshire AB34 4UD United Kingdom
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