Altamont Gardens Carlow Snowdrops in Spring

I've been struggling to settle down to a blog post lately. Tiredness is a real issue for me since my cartotid artery dissection last year (details here - Cartotid Artery Dissection Story).
Fatigue seems to be the last thing to go although I have to say it has improved so much that I'm almost back to normal. Even so, my 3 days in work leave me completely exhausted and I've been spending a lot of weekends sleeping to try and make up for it. It just means it's hard to plan things because I don't really feel up to it. However, last weekend we had a lovely trip to Altamont Gardens in Carlow. We've been loads of times and my favourite time of year to visit is Springtime when the snowdrops are in bloom.

So here's a little glimpse of what you might see at this time of year:

Purple and white crocus

Purple crocus Altamont gardens

Hellebore Altamont Gardens Carlow

When you arrive you just see swathes of crocuses and snowdrops, they are the daintiest of flowers and so beautiful en masse.

It's incredible how many varieties there are and how they are differentiated by the subtlest of markings. From sturdy larger versions, to the tiniest most delicate little things, they are all stunning.

Crocuses and hellebores are plentiful too and you can stroll through the walled garden and choose some plants to take home if you wish. I bought 3 hellebores some years ago, and they have completely thrived in my garden and remind me of Altamont when they flower every Spring.

I was very happy to find out this year that they now have a coffee shop in Altamont - this was definitely the one thing that was lacking before. Unfortunately for us, it wasn't open and will remain closed until Easter. We did get coffee and some lovely soup afterwards in The Forge (very close to Altamont Gardens).  They offer Sunday lunch and not a whole lot of variety on a Sunday due to kitchen restrictions but the soup and bread was perfect. 

The river walk was open again, it had been closed on our previous visit as the weather had been very bad and you could still see that the river was very high but it was lovely to have a good walk.

I really love that stroll by the river and then back up the 100 steps to the garden again

Altamont Gardens are worth a visit anytime of year but I do think this time of year is extra special as the snowdrop season is so short, yet so lovely.

Here are some of the other places we have enjoyed visiting - Places to Visit

Edited 14/03/16 to add - I have now added Altamont Gardens and this blog post to the Touring Ireland and Britain Interactive Map website. Do have a look, lots of ideas on where to visit!

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  • Nicola/Simply Homemade
    Nicola/Simply Homemade 29 February 2016 at 13:54

    Looks beautiful Cliona :)

    • Cliona Kelliher
      Cliona Kelliher 29 February 2016 at 15:00

      Thanks Nicola! :)

  • Unknown
    Unknown 1 March 2016 at 14:23

    Lovely photos. I do love snowdrops too and think that their the sweetest flowers! Well apart from sweet peas ;) Would love to visit Altamont gardends too. x

  • Erica Price
    Erica Price 1 March 2016 at 17:08

    I'd love to find somewhere that had loads of snowdrops locally - they are such a lovely flower.

  • Ana De-Jesus
    Ana De-Jesus 1 March 2016 at 17:11

    I would love to visit Altamont Gardens especially since there are so many beautiful photo opportunities and the snowdrops do look incredible. I imagine it to be very peaceful there x

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous 1 March 2016 at 21:05

    Beautiful photos, I'm glad that you're almost feeling back to normal now x

  • Unknown
    Unknown 2 March 2016 at 11:47

    Oh your photography is stunning! I adore this time of year, with the flowers starting to peep through the ground and life feeling a little brighter. I hope that your fatigue continues to improve xx

  • Unknown
    Unknown 2 March 2016 at 13:25

    Beautiful photos, looks like a stunning place to visit.

  • Emma White
    Emma White 2 March 2016 at 13:27

    oh wow this place looks so pretty I wish it were closer as I would visit for sure

  • Kara
    Kara 2 March 2016 at 16:24

    I love snowdrops but haven't seen many this year - really should go out and find them

  • beautyqueenuk
    beautyqueenuk 2 March 2016 at 16:25

    I think snowdrops are just so beautiful. just as they are about to open x

  • Lilinha
    Lilinha 2 March 2016 at 22:01

    Such a gorgeous place! Looks very peaceful with so many beautiful flowers! :)

  • Michelle
    Michelle 3 March 2016 at 06:14

    I love spring when all the flowers start to bloom. Everywhere looks so pretty Popping over from Mummy2Monkeys xx

  • Unknown
    Unknown 6 March 2016 at 08:45

    What a beautiful place! I love to see all the flowers that come out in Spring time. Snowdrops are one on my favourites x

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