Built in the heart of Glenveagh National Park, in County Donegal, is Glenveagh Castle. Built between 1870 and 1873, the castle has a typically Scottish style. Nowadays, the building is open to the public and is well worth a visit!
The castle was built by Captain John Adair George (1823-1885), a wealthy American owner who decided to live in Ireland. Married in 1869 to Cornelia Wadsworth Ritchie, Adair bought a gigantic piece of land and drew up plans for the castle and its gardens with his wife, aiming to make it even more beautiful than Queen Victoria’s Balmoral Castle.
The Great Famine nevertheless pushes Adair to expel more than 224 Irish living on his lands. This decision was motivated by the desire to have a wilder and therefore more aesthetic land … This episode is sadly known as the “Derryveagh Expulsions”, and contributed to paint a terrible portrait of Adair, depicting him as a cruel and inflexible man.
Glenveagh Castle consists of a four-storey rectangular keep surrounded by a wooded garden and the 165-hectare Glenveagh Park punctuated by mountains, lakes and valleys. The latter has been built next to a magnificent lake, giving an exceptional view of the mountains and the wild landscapes of Glenveagh National Park.
The castle is accessible from a small bus which runs a regular shuttle bus service for 2€ per person. You can then visit the main rooms of the castle, and discover the history of the owner of the place.
You will then have the opportunity to visit its gardens with trees and colourful flower beds.
every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Duration: 45 minutes