Gardens Open

It takes a generous person to open their garden to the public for the enjoyment of others. Here lists about 300 gardens open for visiting, some year-round, others by appointment, and be sure to phone ahead.

Orchard Cottage


A two acre garden and orchard surrounds a group of old stone buildings huddled in the lee of a small hill near the shores of Clew Bay. Sycamore, ash and hawthorn provide further vital shelter, and ancient apple trees recall more self-sufficient times. The present garden has been developed over 20 years on organic principles, to include stone-paved terraces, lawns, a summer house, a polytunnel and a small pond, with a variety of carefully chosen and luxuriant new planting including bamboos, clematis and climbing roses. Twelve beds for cut flowers and vegetables complete the picture. A new woodland garden is in development, which will include a viewpoint over the surrounding landscape. Some of the produce of the garden, for instance home-made apple juice, will be available on the open weekend. Most of the garden is theoretically wheelchair accessible, but after rain the ground may be soft. The new woodland garden is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Name:Orchard Cottage
  • Address:Muine, Carraholly, Westport F28R3P2
  • Contact: Eriko and Edward Hopkinson
  • Opening Times:All the gardens in the Clew Bay garden trail are CLOSED and the 2020 trail has been deferred until 2021. However visitors may follow the gardens on our new Facebook page -