The next stop on your journey through some of the gardens of Ireland’s Ancient East is Carlow’s 19th century Robinsonian-style Altamont Gardens, where over 5,000 plants and flowers await. The estate offers an intriguing blend of formal and informal gardens with riverside walks across 40 acres. A trail through the arboretum, bog garden and Ice Age Glen with a canopy of ancient oaks and huge stone outcrops leads all the way to the River Slaney. The seasonal coffee shop shuts down in autumn, so it’ll be on to the picturesque neighbouring county of Wicklow to refuel.
Continue on into the "Garden of Ireland" to see Wicklow's hills bloom with beautiful greens, flecked with purple heather. Travel into the heart of the serenity in Glendalough, famed for its two lakes and spiritual atmosphere. You’ll have the chance to explore in the morning – for now, it’s time to continue on to the small town of Laragh, where dinner and a good night’s rest awaits at a B&B, guesthouse or hotel.