I made a return visit to Strokestown Park as part of my Wild Atlantic Wayfarer project. Although Roscommon isn’t on the Wild Atlantic Way it’s one of the neighbouring counties and is well worth a visit. I didn’t go on the house tour this time as I’ve covered it on a previous blog post. So this time I explored the gardens and the woodland walk.
I knew it was going to be something special when I was greeted by a rabbit! In fact there were a couple of them hopping across the gardens.
I went early in the morning so I had the place to myself. I could just relax and watch the insects buzzing around the flowers.
Well I thought I was on my own until I felt eyes looking at me! I turned around to find a cat looking at me – so I ended up getting a guided tour of the gardens by a ginger tom. He was so cute, he even posed for the camera – in fact he tried to take the camera off me!
After my walk around the garden I went to the Woodland Walk, it’s free to go on this walk and I have to say it’s brilliant! It’s changed a lot since I was last there and is now a haven for fairies! I thought I’d stepped into an Enid Blyton book, there is a worry tree, a wishing tree, a rag tree and more.
Evidence of fairies are all around the forest and some of the trees even have faces! It’s the perfect place for children of all ages, I was enchanted by the place.
You can leave a message for the fairies. Some of them are cute, some inspirational and some just chancing their arm like Jason who wishes for an iPad!
There is also a great sculpture competition running at the moment. Local schools have taken part in creating sculptures and you can vote for your favourite one.
My cat guide had left me by the time I finished my walk which was just as well as this baby robin flew down…I do hope that’s not a fairy in its beak!
I had a lovely morning at Strokestown Park, I’m looking forward to returning soon. The rest of my photos are here.