Gardens of Kerry
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- Discover the gardens of Kerry on this 3-night garden holiday in Ireland.
- Discover Killarney National Park, the first national park in Ireland.
- Experience the ‘Ring of Kerry’ as you travel to each garden.
- Visit an array of private and public gardens, including Muckross House & Gardens.
- Be accompanied by Iain MacDonald, a qualified and experienced gardener, throughout the tour.
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Your Guided Group Holiday To Kerry
Uncover some of the finest gardens in Kerry with us and enjoy a short break in ‘The Kingdom.’ On this 3-night garden holiday, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of Muckross House & Gardens where we’ll learn more about the extensive landscaping that was carried out by the Herbert family for Queen Victoria’s visit in 1861. Other highlights of our trip to Kerry include Kells Bay Garden, which is locally known as the ‘Jewel on the Ring’, it overlooks Dingle Bay and has a large collection of subtropical plants. We’ll visit Derrynane House & Garden, the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, a revered political leader of the 19th century who played a significant role in the Catholic emancipation. Discover Dhu Varren Garden, which has been aptly named ‘Kerry’s Botanical Garden’ as it contains the largest and most diverse plant collections of any private garden in Ireland. This tour provides the perfect opportunity to visit some of the best-known gardens in Kerry.
Meet in Killarney and Muckross House & Gardens
Meet in Killarney Train Station
At 1400hrs this afternoon we meet with our guide, Iain Mac Donald, in Killarney Train Station and depart by coach for Muckross House & Gardens.
Muckross House & Gardens
Our holiday begins with a visit to Killarney National Park for a guided visit of Muckross House & Gardens. The estate dates back to the 17th century with the present day house completed in 1843. The gardens are mainly informal in style with highlights that include the Sunken Garden, Rock Garden and the Stream Garden.
Following our visit we travel to our nearby hotel in Killarney town in the late afternoon.
Kells Bay Garden and Derrynane House & Gardens
Kells Bay Garden
Following a leisurely breakfast we depart our hotel for a visit to Kells Bay Garden, one of Europe’s premier horticultural experiences, containing a renowned collection of tree ferns and other exotic plants growing in its unique microclimate created by the Gulf Stream. It is also the home of ‘The Skywalk’ – Ireland’s longest rope bridge!
Explore Derrynane House & Gardens
Our day continues along the magnificent Ring of Kerry with a visit to Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell. The plantations and garden walks around the house were laid out in the 18th and 19th centuries. Today, the main areas of the gardens can be reached under the road which adds to their charm! Winters here are mild, enabling frost-sensitive trees and shrubs to flourish and the gardens have a plant collection of endangered plants from South America established as part of the National Botanical.
We return to our hotel this afternoon.
Derreen Garden and Dawros Art Gallery & Garden
This morning we start our day with a visit to a beautiful 19th century woodland garden set on a peninsula and surrounded by the Caha Mountains. Derreen is famous for its collection of rhododendrons and the labyrinth of paths within the garden passes through groves of bamboo, tree ferns, towering eucalyptus and the twisted trunks of old oak trees from which Derreen (little oak wood) takes its name.
Dawros Art Gallery & Garden
Our afternoon will be spent exploring a four acre contemporary garden close to Kenmare on the Wild Atlantic Way. Created over 25 years by the artist gardener, Charlotte Verbeek, the naturalistic planting blends seamlessly into wild areas with extensive use of grasses and perennials. The Gallery exhibits jewellery and paintings, many of which are inspired by the garden.
We return to our hotel this afternoon and enjoy our final evening meal together.
Dhu Varren Garden & Depart Killarney
Dhu Varren Garden
After checking out of our hotel we will depart for a morning visit to Dhu Varren Garden, home to one of the largest and most diverse plant collections of any private garden in Ireland. Features of this botanic garden include two landscaped glasshouses, water gardens and an arboretum.
Early this afternoon we transfer to Killarney Train Station where you are free to depart at your own leisure, by train or private arrangements, as we bid farewell to ‘The Kingdom’.
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