Yesterday I spent the day at the Kilruddery Estate and Gardens. Kilruddery was established in 1618 by the Earl of Meath and the formal gardens are the oldest in Ireland, remaining largely unchanged since the 17th century. The walled kitchen gardens and orchards were added in the late 1800's.
The Kilruddery gardens were the main reason I decided to include Bray in my travels, and I don't regret that I did. It was beautiful in so many ways.
The very extensive kitchen gardens include any number of veg varieties, berries, an apple orchard with free ranging hens, and at the back of the garden: the pig pen and this friendly face.
The formal gardens include a sunken garden, The Long Ponds, and The Angles--a maze-like series of walks in a hornbeam hedge.
There is also a field walk and a woodland walk. Both were lovely! And again, it was well worth the visit.
Today I switch gears a bit--I will pack up "The Beast" and take the train to Dublin--A change of pace for sure. I've said my farewells to the Irish Sea and am headed to the city.