Dr Neil's Garden

A Gardens in Edinburgh City Centre

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Dr Neil's Garden is one of the most remarkable gardens in Scotland today. Lying next to the church, where the lower slopes of Arthur's Seat meet Duddingston Loch, this secluded garden is the result of the imagination, dedication and sheer hard work of Drs. Andrew and Nancy Neil. In 1965 the doctors, whose medical practice was nearby, had the idea of creating a garden on what was effectively a piece of waste ground. The site was exceptionally daunting, being very steep with rocky outcrops, with no vehicular access and no services but was transformed into an astonishing series of colourful terraces. Hedges and changes of level keep each part distinct, and largely secluded, from the next. In one corner of the garden is the Curling Tower, designed by Playfair, and built in 1825 for the Duddingston Curling Society to store its stones.

Dr Neil's Garden

Duddingston Kirk
Old Church Lane,
Duddingston Village
EH15 3PX
T 0131 661 4240
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Edinburgh City Centre

The Old Town of Edinburgh is built on a ridge that rises gradually from the Palace of Holyrood to Edinburgh Castle. There are staircase lanes, called Wynds, that lead off this 'Royal Mile' that give the impression of the city being built on multiple levels and buildings that date from the 11th Century. The New Town is also a World Heritage Site with its mix of Georgian town houses and the earliest examples in Europe of tenement flats. The views to be had from the Castle, Arthur's Seat and Calton Hill are dramatic and inspiring.