Things to do in Ireland

10 Gardens to Visit in County Carlow

Ian and I took the plunge and moved lock, stock and smoking green van to Ireland in 1998. We settled down on the border of Kilkenny and Carlow and since then have had the opportunity to visit many beautiful places in Ireland. Recently I’ve been writing about some of them in the hope you’ll find and help to support the communities that live in them.

County Carlow

10 Gardens to visit in County Carlow – I’ve written a few posts about the different gardens to visit in County Carlow, but here’s ten of them all in the same place. This post includes a brief description of Altamont, Hardymount Gardens, Borris House, The Delta Centre, Kilgraney House, Huntington Castle, Leighlinbridge Village, Arboretum, Rathwood, Burton House & Gardens plus a couple of extra on the borders.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Carlow Brewing Company – O’Hara’s is the place to take a tour if you like your craft beers and it’s always good to learn the story of a small, local business.

Carlow. There’s Gold In Them Hills – an opinion piece about Carlow as an eco destination with links to Borris House, Go With the Flower River Excursions, Wildways Adventures, Kildavin, St Mullins, Rathvindon House and the River Barrow.

Carlow Walking Festival – an annual event that takes part in the Blackstairs Mountains. There were 23 guided walks on offer during the 2014 walking festival in October. Here’s a sample of them.

Rivers and Wildflowers in Graiguenamanagh – a free and wonderful walk along the River Barrow.

The Tea Rooms at Duckett’s Grove – I’ve stopped making the seed cards mentioned in this post to concentrate my time on gardens, but Duckett’s Grove tea rooms, craft centre and walled gardens shouldn’t be missed if you’re looking for things to do in Carlow.

10 Gardens to Visit in Carlow

County Cork

Good Moods and Garden Sculpture – The power of nature on our mental health can come as a surprise, no matter how often we experience it.

Good Mood and Garden Sculpture

County Laois

A French Potager Garden in Co Laois – this unusual vegetable garden took my breath away. Keep an eye out for it if you’re near Durrow.

Tanguy de Toulgoet Garden

County Roscommon

Outdoor Adventures Along The Miners Way and the Historical Trail – The circular Miners Way and the Historical Trail combined take in over 118 km of trails, ascending to 1300 metres in places, offering a range of walks to suit all levels. Some of the places and trails along the trail are mentioned here.

The Miners Way and Historical Trail

County Sligo

10 Fun Things You Can Do In Sligo – From sea, seaweed and Yeats trails to walking, canoeing, horseriding, bathing and surfing, there’s so much to do in Sligo. This post includes places to stay and eat.

Celebrating Yeats in Sligo – a favourite place of WB Yeats and here they celebrate him in style. The Yeats experience is a special treat and Sligo museum full of artifacts.

Sea Foraging with Prainne Rhatigan – I had no idea there was so much edible food on the shorelines of Ireland. Prainne walked us around the Sligo beeches.

Seaweed - a new kind of edible or a centuries old secret?

Counties Tipperary and Offaly

Magical Midlands – 9 Places to Visit in Tipperary and Offaly – during a bloggers tour in April we were shown some beautiful places in Ireland’s midland counties. If you’re looking for things to do how about trips to Birr Castle and Demesne, Bellefield House and Gardens, Fancroft Mill and Gardens, Leap Castle, Memory Lane Antiques, Loch Boora Discovery Park, The River Shannon, Brookfield Farm and Birr Theatre. There’s also some suggestions for places to stay and eat.

Outdoor Adventures and Indoor Fun in Cloughjordan gives several ideas of places to visit and things to do in this midlands village in County Tipperary. From the mountain bike park to woodland walks, ceramic artists, craft makers and raised bogs, there’s lots to do in the surrounds of Cloughjordan Eco Village.

Gardens and Castles in the Midlands of Ireland

County Waterford

Mount Congreve Gardens – The awe-inspiring Mount Congreve gardens in Kilmeaden, County Waterford are come highly recommended having been described as one of the greatest gardens in the world.

Vibrant Bee Friendly Garden