Posted by: marymarthatours | June 7, 2010

Goodbye to England in 2010….

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The M&M’s are very sad to have to report that the England in Miniature Tour planned for September of 2010 failed to get the minimum number of travelers and has had to be cancelled. Now we’ll undertake the disappointing task of contacting all the fabulous sites that we had hoped to visit to let them know that we won’t be coming this year. We’d love to offer this trip another year, so if you have a group of 15-20 club members or friends who would enjoy the fun experience of going to England and the Birmingham Miniatura together, we’d be delighted to plan and escort your adventure. Just contact us to get the planning going.

….And Hello to Ireland in 2011

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Yes, we’ll be heading to Ireland in September of 2011 to visit gardens in green, green Eire. The dates and itinerary aren’t quite firmed up yet, but here’s a “sneak preview” of some of the locations that we hope will be included:

  • The glorious counties of Kerry and Cork with a three-night stay on the coast in Kenmare and visits to the gardens at Muckross House, Bantry House, and Garinish Island, and, of course, a trip around the gorgeous Ring of Kerry.

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View from the Ring of Kerry road

  • A visit to the amazing Ballymaloe Cookery School gardens, including their huge herb garden and two nights in peaceful Clonmel.

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Ballymaloe Cookery School Herb Garden (Charles Nelson)

  • Three nights in Dublin with free time for shopping or exploring and visits to the remarkable Powerscourt Gardens and the evocative monastic ruins of Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains.

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Glendalough portal (euro88)

  • Three nights in Monaghan close to the border with Northern Ireland so that we can explore a bit of Northern Ireland including Mt. Stewart Garden and the Belleek Pottery.
  • And finally, two nights near the Cliffs of Moher on the west coast.

We hope to have the plans finalized and the brochure available by this summer. Keep checking the blog to get more details and to learn more about some of the locations we’ll be seeing. And, if you’re interested in joining us on this marvelous adventure to the Gardens of Ireland, please let us know, as we think this tour will fill rapidly.

Picture credits:

Ballymaloe Herb Garden – copyright by Dr. Charles Nelson and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Glendalough Portal – copyright by euro88 and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 license.

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