If you are looking for a unique and memorable experience in the West of Ireland, you should consider visiting Brigit’s Garden in Galway. Brigit’s Garden is a beautiful and tranquil place that celebrates the Celtic heritage and mythology, as well as the connection between people and nature. 

Brigit’s Garden has four stunning gardens that represent the four Celtic festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lughnasa. Each garden has its own design, features and stories that reflect the seasonal cycle and the cycle of life. You can explore the gardens at your own pace, or join a guided tour to learn more about the symbolism and history of each garden. You can also enjoy the Roundhouse, a thatched building in the centre of the gardens that hosts art, music and meditation events.

Brigit’s Garden also has a Sun Trail that takes you on a walk through the woodlands and meadows, where you can discover sun features, energy installations and a crannog (an ancient lake dwelling). The Sun Trail also has information boards that explain the ecology, history and mythology of the area. You can learn about the wildlife, plants and trees that inhabit the natural environment, as well as the solar calendar and the ancient monuments that align with the sun.

If you are interested in learning about renewable energy and organic gardening, you can visit the Sustainability Zone at Brigit’s Garden. This area has interactive features that demonstrate how solar, wind and biomass energy work, as well as a polytunnel where you can see how vegetables and herbs are grown organically. You can also find out how Brigit’s Garden is committed to sustainability and environmental education.

Brigit’s Garden is a great place to visit with the family, as there are plenty of activities and attractions for children of all ages. There is a kids’ discovery trail that challenges them to find clues and solve puzzles in the gardens, a natural playground where they can climb, swing and slide, and lots of space to run around and explore. Brigit’s Garden also hosts special events throughout the year, such as Easter Egg Hunt, Elves and Fairies Day and Halloween Bonfire and Storytelling, that are fun and engaging for the whole family.

After exploring Brigit’s Garden, you can relax and enjoy a delicious meal or snack at the cafe. The cafe serves award-winning food that is made with fresh local produce, herbs and edible flowers from the garden. There are dishes for everyone, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, as well as home-baked cakes and desserts. You can dine indoors or outdoors, surrounded by flowers and views of the gardens. You can also browse the gift shop, where you can find souvenirs, books, jewellery, crafts and more.

Brigit’s Garden is located in Roscahill at the gateway to Connemara, between Moycullen and Oughterard. Brigit’s Garden is accessible to visitors who have a disability. The building and the gardens have ramps and paths that are suitable for wheelchairs. There is also a fully accessible toilet. Brigit’s Garden also has an electric car charger in the car park for visitors who drive eco-friendly vehicles.

Brigit’s Garden is a place where you can immerse yourself in nature, beauty and Celtic heritage. It is a place where you can learn, relax and have fun. It is a place where you can create unforgettable memories. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit one of the most picturesque gardens of Ireland!

The Calendar Sundial

Brigit’s Garden is also home to the largest calendar sundial in Ireland, which can tell you both the time of day and the month of the year using ancient methods.

The calendar sundial was built in 2006 and consists of a five-foot spike of bog oak, situated near the center of a stone circle. The spike casts a shadow that falls on different elliptical lines carved in the stone, depending on the position of the sun in the sky. These lines correspond to the months of the year, and by following them you can find out which month you are in.

To tell the time of day, you need to measure the length of the shadow from the base of the spike to the edge of the stone circle. The longer the shadow, the earlier or later it is in the day. The shortest shadow occurs at noon, when the sun is at its highest point. You can use a ruler or a stick to measure the shadow length and compare it with a chart that shows the time for each shadow length for each month.

The calendar sundial is a remarkable example of how people have used simple techniques to track time and date for thousands of years. It is also a beautiful and peaceful spot to enjoy the natural beauty of Brigit’s Garden.


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Brigit's Celtic Garden



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