Visiting Ireland, the Stud Tour and the Japanese Gardens

Saint Fiachra’s Garden, ©informatique/Flickr

Saint Fiachra’s Garden, ©informatique/Flickr

Ireland has a long history in horse breeding. There is a large and busy stud farm in Tully called the National Stud which among others is famous for its training center. Also while you are visiting we highly recommend you to stop by the two magnificent gardens: the Japanese Gardens and Commemorative Garden of St. Fiachra.

Nature enthusiasts and horse lovers are both welcome in Tully. Join the Stud Tour, take a look at the finest stallions in Europe, see how the horses are trained and visit the Irish Horse Museum and the beautiful Gardens of Tully.

The Stud Tour

In the Irish Horse Museum you can watch a 10 minute video about one of the most famous race horses. Visit the race tracks in the area at Curragh, Punchestown and Naas. Watch the galloping horses in the morning then take a walk at the Japanese Gardens and the Commemorative Garden of St. Fiachra.

Horses At The National Stud, ©informatique/Flickr

Horses At The National Stud, ©informatique/Flickr

The finest Asian gardens on the continent

The Japanese Gardens at Tully are among the best and most beautiful Asian gardens situated in Europe. They were created in the beginning of the 20th century by Colonel William Hall-Walker. The gardens were designed and actually made real by Eida and Minoru, two Japanese gardeners (father and son) and several local workers.

The Japanese Gardens at Tully, ©informatique/Flickr

The Japanese Gardens at Tully, ©informatique/Flickr

In the gardens there are many bonsai trees, lots of Japanese garden ornaments and a geisha house. Take the journey of the lost soul searching for its body. The gardens are laid out as a path which leads you across rocky caves, dark tunnels, hills, straight paths, blind paths and ends at the Gateway of Eternity.

St. Fiachra’s garden

The Irish people are known as a religious nation and they have several patron saints among which we can mention St Fiachra, the patron saint of gardeners. In his honor the Commemorative Garden of St. Fiachra was created in 1999. The garden is based on monastic life of the 6th-7th centuries.

Saint Fiachra’s Garden, ©informatique/Flickr

Saint Fiachra’s Garden, ©informatique/Flickr

Here you can admire magnificent waterfalls, woodlands, islands and bogs, all together the natural features of the Irish scenery. Take a look at the sunken oak forest and its thousand year old oak trees, the rocks of the West and the statue of St Fiachra near the lake. Visit the subterranean garden which contains rare ferns and plants and glass rocks lit by fiber optic lights.

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