Cork is home to magnificent gardens and great houses of real historical significance, reflecting our storied past, our long history of trade and maritime wealth and the people, influences, and cultures which washed up on our Atlantic shores.
See some of the best over five days, starting at one of the great Irish country houses on the outskirts of the city before heading west into the fuchsia-lined lanes of West Cork, where surprising micro-climates and the warmth of the Gulf-Stream allow sub-tropical plants to flourish.
The gardens and country houses of West Cork are romantic, lush, often hidden away in the sheltered folds of what can be a harsh landscape. They are there to delight and discover.
(For further information including a full list of West Cork gardens, wildflower trails, walks and accommodation options, visit the West Cork Garden Trail website)