Nature’s gorgeous colors are bursting and blazing off like fireworks this time of the year in Ireland. It’s an explosion of colors everywhere—on the ground and upon the trees. No matter how beautiful though, these colors are fleeting, temporary, here today and gone tomorrow.
I’m of the school of thought that when you learned about something beautiful and fleeting, you must go and find them if and when you can.
When a surreal photo in Instagram popped out in my feed—a photo of a girl in a white dress, a white hat perched atop her hand, standing on a doorstep of a wisteria-clad house gazing longingly at its purple blossoms—a click of its location confirmed it could be found in Ireland. I knew I must try to find this house! My love for the color purple dated as far back as my wedding!
One of the weekdays when R and I were both untethered for work and responsibility, we decided to drive to Kilkenny, to this small and idyllic village called Instioge despite the foreboding rain to find this house before the countless petals in various shades of white, pink, purple, even blue and mauve all fall in oblivion to the ground by the blowing of the wind or by time. Beautiful but fleeting, these wisterias are.
One corner from the main street of Instioge (which is practically just a small roundabout with a shop, a church, and a pub in 360 degrees head turn), lies this house wrapped by a wisteria tree. It’s as dreamy in person as it is in pictures or videos. I made a reels video here. I didn’t mind one bit travelling for two hours to find this display of natural color!
And as my mantra always goes when travelling: Enjoy it first by eye and then take photos to your heart’s content!
Need to Knows:
Some “Need to Knows” if you hope to find this beautiful wisteria-clad house someday:
- Best time to go – May and June, the flowering months of Wisterias
- Distance – from North Dublin to Instioge, Kilkenny, it takes 1 hour and 45 minutes. Be sure to check out the other spots in Instioge (below) to make the best out of your trip or drop to Kilkenny town center where the famous Kilkenny Castle is and wander lazily around town.
- How to get there – By car is what we tried and by car is what I will recommend so you can do pitstops if and when needed.
- Be courteous and polite – It is a house with actual people living in it so be sure to say “hi” and ask permission to take photos in case you see them through the windows or by the door.
- Refreshments – There a few pubs/restaurants surrounding the main roundabout of Instioge but they were closed the time we visited. You can find plenty of pubs/restaurants in Kilkenny town center (about 30 minutes drive from Instioge).
- Other places to see Wisterias – I have seen one in Farmleigh, and I have also read about other two places in Ireland: Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and Bantry House in Cork but I have yet to see them.
- Other places to see in Instioge – We checked out this beautiful 10-arch bridge by the river just behind the roundabout or Mainstreet, and we also walked in and enjoyed the Woodstock Gardens.