A 160-year-old subtropical garden on the Skellig coast in South Kerry has installed a “skywalk”, reportedly the country’s longest rope bridge.
It took five months to create the 36ft-high rope bridge spanning 112ft over the Delligeenagh River which runs into the sea through Kells Bay Gardens and House, just off the Ring of Kerry.
The estate had benefitted for many decades from the warm Gulf Stream and its gardens include a profusion of rare Southern Hemisphere plants, tree sculptures and bamboos.
It is also home to Ireland’s largest palm tree, an 11-tonne specimen with a 7.5m trunk which arrived in a 40ft container from Chile in 2007.
Owners, Billy and Penn Alexander say the inspiration for the skywalk came from trips to the rainforest and jungle plant exploration over several years.
With around 10,000 visitors yearly, the gardens last year featured in the BBC Gardener’s World perogramme.