8 days

From £1,495

We are sorry to inform you that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it has become necessary to reschedule this tour. Your safety and wellbeing are our utmost priorities, so we do hope you understand this enforced change of travel arrangements. A new date will be confirmed shortly. For more information, please read our full statement about the Coronavirus here. If you are booked onto this tour, you can get in touch with our friendly sales team on 01334 657155, who are ready to help.

Summary

Just like the Van Morrison song, this Irish Rover is wrapped in glory – the glory of some of Ireland’s finest gardens. A rich feast of horticultural excellence awaits, with memorable and beguiling gardens, enthusiastic and skilful owners and an ever-changing backdrop of lush green hills, fertile fields and glittering seascapes. Our north to south journey is packed full of gems yet relaxed and unhurried, taking in the very best that the Emerald Isle has to offer.

We begin in Northern Ireland at the dazzling and idiosyncratic garden of Mount Stewart, truly one of the great gardens of the world. We also visit romantic Rowallane and atmospheric Castle Ward.

We move on to Dublin where we meet Helen Dillon, the doyenne of Irish gardeners, at her new private garden, to which we have privileged access. We also meet June Blake, a passionate plantswoman who grows a unique mix of bamboos, ornamental grasses and perennials, her brother Jimi Blake at Hunting Brook, with its fusion of prairie and tropical planting and Carmel Duignan at her Italianate villa. We visit Malahide, one of the oldest and most historic castles in Ireland, with its own splendid botanic garden and Powerscourt, one of Ireland’s most famous gardens with magnificent vistas over the surrounding countryside.

Continuing south we call in at Mount Usher, a wild and informal garden with some rare and exceptional trees, on our way to the lively and cultured city of Cork. From here we tour Ilnacullin, with its magical setting on an island bathed in the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, and the fabulous Blarney Castle & Gardens, home to the famous stone which bestows eloquence on all who kiss it.

Our tour manager is popular garden designer, writer & broadcaster Trevor Edwards, who has clearly kissed the Blarney Stone more than once…

Tour highlights:

  • Exclusive access to the new private garden of Helen Dillon, doyenne of Irish gardeners
  • Exploring the extensive and enchanting gardens of Mount Stewart
  • The historic island gardens of Ilnacullin
  • Historic castle and botanic garden at Malahide

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£1,495

Deposit: £200 Single supplement: £490

Includes flights

Meet your Experts

Trevor Edwards

Tour Manager

Award Winning Garden Designer, Writer and Broadcaster Trevor Edwards in one of our busiest and most popular garden Tour Managers, and has led many garden tours around the world.

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Mount Stewart on boating lake, County Down
Tour dates & prices

Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single Supp. Availability
13 August 2020 BIFG200813 13 August 2020 (Thursday) 20 August 2020 (Thursday) Trevor Edwards £1,495
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£200 £490

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4 May 2021 BIFG210504 4 May 2021 (Tuesday) 11 May 2021 (Tuesday) Trevor Edwards £1,545
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22 August 2021 BIFG210822 22 August 2021 (Sunday) 29 August 2021 (Sunday) Trevor Edwards £1,495
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