Herbie days out in Ireland

I love herbie days out in Ireland…. Although sunshine is not guaranteed, summers here do provide a great stomping ground for medicinal herb admiration & foraging. Our  lush countryside, hedgerows & gardens are spectacular all Summer long.

Visitors to our dispensary often ask us to recommend places to visit where they can see medicinal herbs.

Here are some great places to spend time with the herbs (in no particular order)… 

Plantain by the river in Cahir

Explore the hedgerows, native woodlands, river banks & fields: Open your eyes and bring your awareness to the weeds, bushes, trees and plants that are growing all over the countryside. Ireland is full of great walking tracks (check them out on discoverireland) and on these tracks you will find plenty of medicinal plants (Common wild plants you may see – Nettles, Red Clovers, Dandelions, Cleavers, Hawthorn, Oak, Horsechestnut, Eyebright, Elder, Birch, Tilia, Wild Rose, Yellow Dock, Milk Thistle, Self heal, Yarrow, Plantain, etc). Spend a day getting lost in the Irish countryside and really examine the  plants (a.k.a.weeds) growing all around you. Look them up and prepare to be amazed at all their uses. Take a foraging class or go on a herb walk if you’d like to learn more.

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Mount Trenchard physic garden

Mount Trenchard physic garden: Dr Frieda Carmody created this amazing physic garden where you can see so many medicinal herbs growing in one place. It’s in a beautiful setting and when we visited we had the whole place to ourselves. It’s in Foynes, Co. Limerick. (if you’re in the area check out Glynn Castle garden too)

St Annes Physic Garden Clontarf - image from IRH

St Annes Physic Garden Clontarf – image from IRH

St Anne’s Physic Garden:  The garden was created to showcase traditional medicinal herbs and allow the public access to these wonderful healing plants. They have herbalists giving tours every second Saturday during the Summer – so definitely drop by if you want to learn more about medicinal herbs. Clontarf, Co. Dublin

(image from Burren Perfumery website)

(image from Burren Perfumery website)

The Burren Perfumery: We try to visit the perfumery at least once a year. It has a really cute herb garden which is small but jam packed full of herbs. They also have a great cafe, shop and perfumery. It’s in the heart of the Burren which is a great place to explore and you get to see some really interesting flowers & plants- check out burrenbeo for more info. The Burren, Co. Clare

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Picking Dandelions at Birr Castle

Birr Castle: The grounds of Birr castle are amazing. They don’t have a designated medicinal herb area but there are lots of medicinal plants growing everywhere. You can easily spend the day here exploring or just lolling about the 50hectares of parkland. Birr, Co. Offaly

Glebe Gardens (Image from Ireland guide.com)

Glebe Gardens (Image from Ireland guide.com)

Glebe Gardens in Baltimore: If you’re in West Cork definitely pay a visit to gorgeous Glebe gardens.  They have loads of culinary herbs (which are used medicinally too), heaps of flowers (used in flower essences & homoeopathically) and a beautiful vegetable garden (food is medicine). They have a great cafe too.  Baltimore, Co. Cork

Kilruddery Gardens (image https://www.facebook.com/Killruddery)

Kilruddery Gardens (image https://www.facebook.com/Killruddery)

Kilruddery House & Gardens: A beautiful place to spend a day in Bray…  There is no dedicated medicinal herb section but in the walled garden there are some medicinal plants, an orchard and vegetables. They have a great little market on Saturdays and some interesting events throughout the Summer. They have a lovely tea rooms in the centre of their formal gardens, everything is homemade from their fresh produce.  Bray, Co. Wicklow

Ballynahinch Castle (image from http://www.ballynahinch-castle.com)

Ballynahinch Castle (image from http://www.ballynahinch-castle.com)

Ballynahinch Castle:  Pristine woodlands surround this castle in Connemara and you can visit for free (I think). The river walk is gorgeous and you can see loads of wild medicinal herbs here. After your walk I recommend a cup of tea in the castle – delightful. (Kylemore Abbey is close by – they have a nice walled garden too) Connemara, Co Galway

Huntingbrook (image from http://www.huntingbrook.com/)

Huntingbrook (image from http://www.huntingbrook.com/)

Huntingbrook Gardens: We visited this garden in the lashing rain and our host was a majestic dog! This garden speaks to your soul and is a great tonic for your heart. (visit June Blakes garden down the road too – also visited in the rain and also a great garden). Blessington, Co. Wicklow.

image from http://www.brigitsgarden.ie/

image from http://www.brigitsgarden.ie/

Brigits Garden: This is an enchanting little garden with a slant towards Irish folklore and heritage. Lots of native healing plants throughout the gardens. County Galway

 Bring a plant identification book or take photographs of anything you don’t recognise. Never taste/eat anything you aren’t sure about. Be mindful if you’re foraging or visiting a garden.

About the author

YVETTE SHERIDAN BHSC (NAT), B. COMM

EvieYvette is the  Naturopath and co-owner of Satmya. She completed a 4 year full time  Naturopathy degree in ACNT & UNE in Australia. Read more here