Arboretums & Pinetum
Blarney Castle’s arboretums and pinetum contain a collection of specimen trees that is one of the finest in the country. Many of the trees in the collection are rare and unusual, such as the Wollemi Pine Wollemia nobilis, Foxglove TreePaulownia tomentosa, Formosan Redwood Taiwanea cryptomerioides and Water Pine Glyptostrobus pencilis. They were mostly planted in the late 1970’s and 80’s, with many coming from the famous Hilliers Nursery in the UK. Some already existing mature trees such as Yews, Limes, Spanish Chestnuts and various conifers are much older, maybe up to 600 years old. The arboretums are currently being renovated and new specimens are being added every year to further enhance the collection.
Woodland Walks, the lake and the wildlife
The peaceful woodland walk is quiet, secluded area that leads to a circuit of the 21 acre Blarney Lake.Throughout the walk you may hear rustling from the red Squirrels and Jays that call the woodlands home. On the lake be sure to look out for the resident family of Swans, as well as Otters.