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Derreen is a woodland garden that has a selection of narrow paths leading to the sea. You can choose a short stroll of about 40 minutes or take all day discovering the 8 miles of paths. Many of the plants were brought back from the Himalayas by the...more
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Lauragh | 1.6km off R571, Kenmare Co Kerry, Ireland
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All reviews tree ferns fairy houses extensive gardens old trees woodland setting beautiful views across the bay beara peninsula spring and summer different routes waters edge nice cup of tea couple of hours magical place great place to visit home made cakes tea room scones
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Reviewed October 27, 2018

Spend a couple of hours here. Walk, sit, relax. The views are stunning. Everything is there from giant ferns to California red woods.

Date of experience: October 2018
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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Thank you for your lovely comments. I am so glad you had a good day and enjoyed the trees. The Thuja's that you are referring to are some of the oldest planted outside N. America.

Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

The gardens are very scenic, the café it's ideally placed within the gardens grounds and all the fairy house quest did the visit unforgettable for my kids. So a very agreeable walk with scenic views for youngsters and grownups. A to do if you visit...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

I'm so glad both your children and you enjoyed coming to Derreen. The fairy houses do seem to be a good way to get the children to explore and enjoy being outside. Thank you.

Reviewed September 6, 2018

This garden has a beautiful setting. We visited late in the day. We had tea and coffee with a very tasty tea back to send us on our way. A truly special place with fantastic views of the sea and some very beautiful trees.

Date of experience: August 2018
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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2018

I'm very glad you enjoyed your visit and appreciated the views many of which have been recently cleared. Thank you for coming.

Reviewed September 3, 2018

Great place to visit and immerse in natural beauty. Nice little cafe with home baked goods. several walks through gardens take different routes. peaceful time out

Date of experience: August 2018
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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to appreciate our little corner of Ireland. It is indeed natural and some of the woods have some very old trees. I'm glad you enjoyed the cake too!

Reviewed August 26, 2018

One feels sorry for those reviewers who were unable to appreciate the magnificent collection of trees from around the world that Derreen offers, some 150 years old and including stunning specimens of Himalayan Cedar, Myrtle, Strawberry Tree, Winters Bark, Japanese Snowbell, Black Matipo, Western Red...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

How lovely to get a review from someone who truly appreciated Derreen and the amazing old collection of plants we have here. Thank you. I am so glad you had a good time and obviously explored the garden well. I look forward to seeing you...More

Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

We are staying nearby on holiday and noticed the sign. As we had a couple of hours spare and a lively cocker spaniel to walk we thought we’d have a look. It wasn’t at all what I expected, it was better! We were glad we’d...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

Thank you for your nice review and I am glad both you and your dog had a good time. It is heaven for both children and dogs. I hope you might be able to come again and leave enough time for the cafe, the carrot...More

Reviewed August 15, 2018

We paid to see the gardens and really regretted giving any money because it is not much different from other nature trails that can be seen for free. It was definitely a beautiful little walk, but should have been free or donation-based. The maps were...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

I'm sorry you didn't appreciate the very wide variety of old and rare plants that we have some of them date back to the original planting. The map should be straightforward as we have just re done it so maybe you were given an old...More

Reviewed August 12, 2018

Nice views and a nice area but very poorly set up. The maps were unclear and the tree/plant names in the map were often very incorrect. Only species names of the plants/trees were given and no more information given

Date of experience: August 2018
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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

I'm sorry I think you must have had the wrong map as I have just re done it and there is a small piece of information about every tree.

Reviewed August 12, 2018

A lovely brake on my 100 km cycle around the Ring Of Beara. Relaxing walks around some beautiful gardens followed by some tea and scones . A very pleasant hour.

Date of experience: July 2018
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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

Very good of you to stop and I'm glad you enjoyed both the garden and the cafe. There is a ring of Beara cycle ride in May if you ever felt like entering that, it is great fun 4000 people on the road at once!

Reviewed August 11, 2018

Wild planted forest walks with access to the shore and lots of fairy doors of the kids to find. Nice cafe with good food but the toilets could use some improvement. Will be returning the next time we stay in Kerry.

Date of experience: August 2018
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claire w, Owner at Derreen Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded August 28, 2018

Thank you for your review and I'm glad you went down to the shore. We are on to the toilets so hopefully they will be done by the time you return. Claire

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beckyr12347
Jacksonville, Florida
Beara Peninsula suggested stops (6 Replies)
Will be doing this trip in late June. Will be staying in Kenmare. Would like to know if it is reasonable to be able to tour the peninsula and spend time on Garnish Island in the same day or should I do this on 2 separate days? Also, does anyone have any suggestions or google maps routes for stops to see along the peninsula. I've found great value in those shared with me from TA members for the Dingle Peninsula and west Galway area and am hoping someone may have created one for Beara as well....More
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Out west from Castletownberehaven (thankfully referred to as Castletown) are Allihies and Eyeries, very picturesque. There are thousand year old stones just outside Castletown which are worth ruminating over (scale of human history and all that). Ditto for Dunboy Castle. Local supermarket may have local guides for sale, or try local library. Ask about Mc Carthy's Bar while in the library... I'm being serious! But do read the book... Ferry trip out to Bere Island is worth considering. The...More