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County Donegal is located in the North West of Ireland, bounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean and with a land mass totalling 483,040 hectares. Almost 10,000 hectares of the County is taken up with water, including lakes and long tidal inlets. A significant amount of the Donegal terrain is upland rough pasture and bog, so the challenges for those who have wished to cultivate anything have been enormous. From a geologically point of view the county is complex ranging from granite to quartzite mountain ranges.  Within these are a variety of soils left by glacial deposits, so the Donegal gardeners of the 21st century, have to deal with formations created millions of years ago.

Remnants of early gardens are to be found at the cloister garden of Donegal Friary (1474) and at Doe Castle on the shores Sheephaven Bay (1544). The older gardens in the Donegal Garden Trail date to the early 19th century and in these you will find superb specimens of rhododendron, magnolia, eucryphia and parrotia to name but a few.

If you can visit only a few gardens on the Donegal Garden Trail, you will find a wealth of devoted garden owners, botanical surprises everywhere and wonderful displays of individuality in planting schemes. Please note that the gardens open at different times and that some are open for short periods only. Others such as Glenveagh, Oakfield Park, St. Columbs, the Celtic Garden and Salthill are open for extended periods. Nearly all the gardens carry either an admission fee or suggested donation to charity.

Donegal Garden Trail  would like to thank all the private garden owners who have agreed to open their gardens to a wider audience, thus promoting the art of horticulture. Whilst travelling from place to place, do enjoy the breath-taking scenery whether it is of sea, sky or mountain, and notice the unique mantle of natural flora combining heather, rowan, bracken, whin bush, birch and sedge in a tapestry of colour on the mountain-sides, making your visit to Donegal an even more unique experience.

The Gardens

North East Gardens           South West Gardens
St Columbs                         Maherabeg
Glenveagh Castle                 Doonan
Cluain na dTor                     Salthill
Carrablagh                          Sea View
Rathgory                             Lower Cranny
Greenfort                             Bruckless House
Glenalla                              Ballyloughan
Nunan Garden                     Browns Farm
Rathmullan House               Peacock Garden
Drumardagh                        Classan Garden
The Celtic Garden
Loreto House
Oakfield Park
Ros Ban

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