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Gardens and Wildflowers of the Burren

The Burren, from the Irish bhoireann - a stony place - lies in the northwestern corner of Co Clare. Over 300 square kilometres in extent, it is the largest area of karstic limestone in western Europe. At first glance it presents a bleak appearance, but closer examination reveals the beautiful diversity of flora for which the whole region has justly become famous. The colourful exuberance and profusion of the wild flowers is simply captivating and, subject to the prevailing conditions, we can expect to see many interesting different species.

We begin with visits to two local private gardens. The Boyce’s garden is divided into a number of intimate ‘rooms’ of rockeries, herbaceous borders and water gardens, while Knockpatrick contains many unusual varieties of magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons.

Next we visit the Cliffs of Moher, perhaps Ireland’s most dramatically impressive natural attraction, followed by a private garden at Caher Bridge, a wonderfully varied plantsman’s limestone garden in the true “cottage” style.

We then have a full day exploring The Burren in the company of a local expert guide, when we can expect to see a good selection of plants typical of the area, with ‘textbook’ examples of pavement, flower-rich grasslands and associated limestone features such as disappearing lakes.

What's included?

  •  Flights
  •  Accommodation
  •  Services of a professional tour manager
  •  Comfortable coach travel throughout
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Ferry crossings

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£995

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Tour highlights:

  • Privately-owned gardens giving an insight to gardening in this corner of Ireland
  • Masses of wildflowers of great variety
  • Unique landscapes of The Burren
  • Dramatic vistas from the Cliffs of Moher
  • Poulnabrone Dolmen, an impressive megalith

Tour details

Dates 2 June 2020 - 5 June 2020
Duration 4 days
Cost
Full Price
£995
Today's Price
£945.25
Saving
£49.75

Benefit from this limited time offer:

  • Save £49.75 if you pay your full balance today, just £945.25
Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £120 Balance due by 10 March 2020
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Tour code BWGWB20A

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2 June 2020: Itinerary

We depart from London Gatwick on a flight to Shannon Airport (other airports available on request at a supplement) where on arrival we are met by our coach and tour manager and transfer to Foynes, where Boyce’s Garden overlooks the Shannon. The garden is a continuing winner of the Limerick/Clare Garden of the Year Award. It is designed for year-round colour and is divided into a number of intimate, interlinked “rooms” of rockeries, herbaceous borders, sunken and water gardens notable especially for a profusion of southern hemisphere plants.

Nearby, Knockpatrick is a nearly three acre garden also overlooking the Shannon estuary. Helen and Tim O’Brien are the fourth generation of the family to tend this 1930s garden with dedication and enthusiasm. The garden is endowed with running water and nourishment from the family farm. It featured in the April 2008 “The Irish Garden” magazine and contains many unusual varieties of magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons. Other plants of note are calicanthus, clianthus, drymis, echium and dicksonia.

Following our visit we cross the Shannon by the Tarbert to Killimer ferry and continue to the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis, Co Clare. Formerly an eighteenth-century manor house, it blends the warmth of a country home with the style and comfort of a modern hotel. All rooms are en-suite with TV, telephone, hair dryer and hospitality tray.

Dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Old Ground Hotel, Ennis

Following breakfast we drive the short distance to the Cliffs of Moher, perhaps Ireland’s most dramatically impressive natural attraction. The excellent Visitor Experience Centre has been built into a hillside approaching the cliffs and blends naturally with its surroundings.

Next we drive into the beautiful valley of the River Caher, where from dense hazel and blackthorn scrub the owner has created a wonderfully varied plantsman’s limestone garden, Caher Bridge Garden, in the true “cottage” style. The limestone river flows through the one acre garden of many very unusual plants; “Irish” cultivars and collections of daylilies, hostas, geraniums etc. The beds are all easily viewed and photographed from the pathways.

On our way back to the hotel we will briefly visit the Poulnabrone Dolmen, an impressive megalithic tomb which, when it was excavated in 1986, was found to contain the bodies of 16 people and various artefacts which dated the tomb to 3600BC

We return to our hotel where dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Old Ground Hotel, Ennis

This morning after breakfast we will explore the Burren with a local expert. In the course of our full day excursion we can expect to see a good selection of plants typical of the area, with ‘textbook’ examples of pavement, flower-rich grasslands and associated limestone features such as disappearing lakes. There are some intriguing aspects to the flora of the Burren, such as the curious juxtaposition of species from differing habitats, such as Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean, and hopefully we will see examples of these. Please note we will be walking for around six hours so a good degree of mobility is required, along with good walking boots and waterproofs.

Dinner is served in the evening.

Meals include: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel: Old Ground Hotel, Ennis

After breakfast we check out of the hotel and transfer back to Shannon Airport in time for our return flight to London Gatwick, when the group will disperse.

Meals include: Breakfast

2 June 2020: Additional Info

2 June 2020: Accommodation

The award-winning Old Ground Hotel is ideally located on the doorstep of the Cliffs of Moher and Wild Atlantic Way on Ireland's west coast.

2 June 2020: Enquiries

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