Photo Thursday: My First Visit to Mount Stewart Gardens, Northern Ireland

In 2004 I visited Ireland for the first time, spending my time in the northern half of the country. Less familiar to most travelers than the south, northern Ireland (both the Republic and Northern Ireland itself) is a beautiful, wild land. But it also has manicured areas tucked into its wild corners.

One of the most beautiful of those manicured areas is Mount Stewart Garden, a gorgeous estate just outside Belfast.

In April, it looks like this: 

(Yes, the skies did open up and pour at one point.)

This is my contribution to Photo Thursday on Nancie's Budget Traveler's Sandbox. Check it out for more images and stories from around the world.

Images of Mount Stewart Gardens from 2009

All Irish images