You can walk around the world in an hour in the gardens at The Dunloe Hotel & Gardens. The voyage starts with Chilean fir trees and leads on to Australian gums, South African lilies, New Zealand cabbage trees, New Zealand cherries, Japanese maples, North American dogwoods, South American fuchsias and back to a Killarney strawberry tree.
The gardens surrounding the shell of MacThomas' medieval keep have a dramatic setting looking towards the mountains girdled by the Ring of Kerry. Camellias, magnolias, roses and rhododendrons flourish in the sheltered grounds together with rare specimens such as the aromatic-leaved 'Headache' tree. These are catalogued in a booklet by plantsman and broadcaster Sir Roy Lancaster, who supervises new planting. This booklet is available from reception for those who would like to explore the gardens with a leisurely stroll, guided tours available on request.
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