Garden Tour Outline
You will be required to make your own travel arrangements to and from Dublin, Ireland. We recommend that you avail of one of the many scheduled flights to and from Dublin Airport.
Meet in Dublin at Noon for lunch in the stunning Herbert Park Hotel.
This will allow you to arrange an arrival in Dublin at a time or indeed day of your choosing. Introductions will be followed by a delightful lunch. You will meet your fellow tour participants and guide for the following days.
Garden No. 1: The Dillon Garden. Dublin.
This garden in the center of Dublin has been a labour of love for over forty years. It belongs to Helen, the well-known garden writer, and her husband Val. Together they have collected curios and plants which now delight their privileged visitors.
Garden No. 2: Ticknock Gardens. Dublin.
A series of garden rooms, each with particular character and planting, have been thoughtfully laid out and span across ten acres. The sloping position allows for views over Dublin and Dublin Bay.
Garden No. 3: Coolcarrigan. County Kildare.
Coolcarrigan is a beautiful park scape created over six generations. At present the family estate is in the charge of Robert Wilson Wright. He continues to enhance the developments of his ancestors, notably those of his father and Harold Hillier who together created a singular collection.
Garden No. 4: Ardcarraig. County Galway.
Ardcarraig is a true exploration garden. Created over forty years of dedication and in the most unlikely of conditions. Lorna McMahon’s garden is a wonderland of meandering paths through hazel woodland, which lead to some enchanting features.
Garden No. 5: Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden. Connemara.
Here in the extreme West of Ireland and in the stunning depths of Connemara lies an unrivaled spectacle from another era. Now owned by Benedictine Nuns, Kylemore was originally created by Mitchell Henry around 1870. It was his love of Connemara and his wife which inspired this astounding creation.
Garden No. 6: Caher Bridge Gardens. The Burren, County Clare.
A trip south down the western sea board brings us onto The Burren, another of Irelands unique landscapes featuring limestone pavement and sculpted coastline. Nestled in a crevice of this exposed Atlantic coastline is a little known plant enthusiast’s collection.
Garden No. 7: Woodville Walled Garden. County Galway.
Here we find a charming walled garden with a mix of the formal and informal. This privately owned garden adjoins a Georgian family home with a historical connection to W.B. Yeats. It had however become little more than a sheep field until Margarita Donohue embarked on a project to revive its tranquil atmosphere.
Garden No. 8: Bellefield House. County North Tipperary.
This beautiful garden has been lovingly restored by the dedication and hard work of its present owner, Angela Jupe. The charm and character of the garden, reflective of her enthusiasm, are quite inspiring.
Garden No. 9: Birr Castle and Demesne. County Offaly.
This is a rare example of an Irish Demesne and for many reasons. The grounds do not only feature Champion Trees and rare specimens but also evidence of the Parsons Family’s scientific endeavors. This includes the dramatic Giant Telescope which is situated in the middle of the main lawn of what continues to be the family home of Lord Rosse.
Garden No.10: Belvedere House, Gardens and Park. County Westmeath.
This was formerly the Georgian seat of the Wicked Earl of Rochfort. Now run by Westmeath County Council, the parkland continues to feature the unusual follies created by the Earl, such as The Jealous Wall. These and other creations are beautifully framed by the natural landscape and the backdrop of Lough Ennell.
The tour itinerary will end upon returning to Dublin. Passengers can elect to be deposited at either Dublin Airport or City Centre. Arrival time will be around 1430 and 1500 respectively.
This allows for individuals to avail of an evening flight leaving Dublin or to make their own arrangements for a continued stay in Ireland.
Please Note: The above Tour outline is designed to provide a general indication of the itinerary for the East to West of Ireland Tour. Actual Tour schedules may feature slight variations in the order of garden visits. Also, in one or two instances it may be that one or other of the above listed gardens is substituted by another of particular interest. Information regarding any minor changes in itinerary that do occur will be supplied with individual tour itineraries.
Tour prices start from € 1052 (approximately £ 827) per person sharing and include:
- A two course lunch, at the Herbert Park, at the commencement of the tour.
- Five nights luxury four star accommodation with delicious Irish Breakfast menu options each morning.
- Ten splendid garden visits, nearly always guided and all with individual character.
- Tea and cake (or biscuits) during five of the garden visits.
- Sumptuous dining menu options for each of the five evenings.
- Deluxe coach transportation throughout the tour.
- An accompanying horticultural guide for the entire tour.
Remember early booking is strongly advisable.