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Sunday Snap – The Ghostly Huntington Castle Yew Walk

July 27, 2014

Not one but three snaps but I hope you’ll forgive me as I have a heap to choose from!

Today was day three of the Carlow Garden Festival and Helen Dillon was guiding two tours around Carlow gardens, the first of which took place in the grounds of Huntington Castle. There’s so much history tied up in this old castle I’m planning to write a separate post about it but in the meantime, here’s a snap of the Yew Tree Walk which is apparently inhabited by several ghosts. The Yew Tree Walk at Huntington Castle in Clonegal I’ve seen some fantastic images of yew tree walks in Ireland but as an amateur photographer this is my best effort. I can’t believe we’ve lived within a half an hour drive of Huntington and didn’t know these gardens existed, even more so as I helped a group of community gardeners in Clonegal last winter, just a five-minute walk away!

If you’d like to visit the gardens in the centre of Clonegal village, they’re open from May to September from 10.00am to 6.00pm, cost €5.00 for adults and €2.50 for children, which includes admission to the adventure playground though I’m not sure if that’s for the adults or children 😉

Huntington Castle tea room

Suzanna aka @Zwartblesie taking a break from the farm

They also have a delightful tea room that I’ll share more images of when I write the Huntington blog post. In the meantime here’s Suzanna taking a deserved break from her farm.

As it’s #CarlowGardenFest I’ll share just one more snap, this time a map of the grounds at Huntington Castle gardens that will give you an idea of what’s in store for you if you visit. Huntington gardens map Have you visited Huntington Gardens yet or will you add it to your places to visit when you’re in the south-east of Ireland?

4 Comments

  • Reply Lorna July 27, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I do love the yew tree walk – I have a lovely photo of Kate when she was about 4 walking between 2 trees at the far side and when I printed it in black and white, she looked like a ghostly figure! Time for us to visit again – last time was about 2 years ago.

  • Reply honeyoaks July 28, 2014 at 8:50 am

    We went down to Altamount gardens on Thursday and as we were passing the sign for Huntington Castle on the way home we decided to pop in and see what it was. We were in for a pleasant surprise! I loved the yard at the back of the castle, beautiful scale to the building and fascinating history to the place.
    My gardening grandmother grew up on a farm in Clonegal so Clonegal has always been special to my family.
    It’s been 4 years since I had been down to Altamount, it is a bit of a drive for us, the garden centre there is excellent and worth the trip alone.
    A little jealous of Carlow’s garden festival! Wicklow IS the garden county and we are out done!
    Kim

    • Reply greensideupveg July 28, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Ahh but we’re friendly neighbours and I seem to recall there’s a bordering Wicklow garden in the trail 🙂 Wouldn’t it be great if there was an Ireland garden trail linking them all?! Glad to hear you enjoyed it though Kim. I must come down and check out some of your gardens soon 🙂

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