A Delightful Fairy Invasion in County Limerick

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Where to find fairies in County Limerick. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com

Whenever possible we stop to visit our friends at The Old Bank B&B in Bruff. Miriam never fails to tell me about terrific new sites to visit in the area – and this year she told us of a fairy invasion in County Limerick! Of course we had to go see for ourselves!

Fairy Trail at Lough Gur

Lough Gur has always been one of the most magical places in Ireland- and the Red Cellar Cave high on the steep side of Knockfennel has long been known as the home of Fer Fí, the King of the Fairies.

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Red Cellar Cave on Knockfennel above Lough Gur is the entrance to a fairy kingdom!

This year the fairies left their hollow hill to settle atop Carraig Crothera.

Fairy trail at Lough Gur, County Limerick. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com
110 stone step lead you past stone faced fairy abodes to the fairy village high atop the hill.

You'll see a few of their stone-faced abodes as you climb the 110 steps to the peak overlooking Lough Gur,

Hilltop fairy houses at Lough Gur. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com
Some fairies chose to live outside the forested fairy village.

but you have to follow a path less traveled to visit their fairy village in the forest.

A forest fairy perched above her home. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com
Do you see her? She sparkles in the sunlight!

If you look closely you might even spot a fairy or two!

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This fairy wasn't quite quick enough to hide from us!

Whimsical Fairy Garden at Terra Nova

When Debra and Martin Begley purchased their home it sat on a rather un-inspired bit of land with no landscaping to speak of. A perfect plot to design a dream garden. Behind their home they created an magical area of weaving pathways, soothing waterfalls, and a tranquil pagoda. Along their journey Terra Nova became an award winning garden and one of the best small nurseries in Ireland.

Tranquil pagoda at Terra Nova, Bruff, County Limerick. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com
Serenity now.

Beauty like this must have charmed the fairies as they moved into the forest across the drive – and brought a few of their friends!

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This fairy entered the main garden!

A stone bridge leads you into the woodland garden where turf-topped fairy huts share space with a kid-sized cabin, a sure sign that the fairies welcome visitors!

Entering the fairy garden at Terra Nova, Bruff, County Limerick. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com
Do you see the hoblin watching your entrance? Be thankful it's not a troll!
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What sort of magic might you find here?

Tiny hoblins zip through the trees, so be sure to watch your head!

Fairy garden at Terra Nova, Bruff, County Limerick. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com
Watch your head! You never know who might be flying around!

And each turn of the path leads to a new and delightful encounter!

Fairy Cottage at Terra Nova Gardens, Bruff, County Limerick. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com
Approach quietly! Don't scare the fairies!

Before you leave the gardens you do want to be sure to visit Terra Nova's wonderful shop filled with unique, whimsical, and magical items to attract your own fairies!

The whimiscal garden shop at Terra Nova. Ireland travel tips | Ireland vacation | IrelandFamilyVacations.com
Such amazing treasures!

Has anyone else seen the signs of a fairy invasion in County Limerick? Share your discovery in the comments!

 

6 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for this fun post!.. I already have The Old Bank B&B on my list of stops & hope to spend a few nights there on my next trip to Ireland…

    I had the great privilege of visiting there last year …… The guided tour was a magical experience ……. I had a lot of fun in the shop and the coffee and cake was truly delicious ……. I would highly recommend this garden of Paradise a must visit on you’re itinerary….

      It is a magical place Michael- even if I only got biscuits with my tea. 🙂

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