Donegal Garden Trail – The Donegal Garden Trail is a voluntary initiative that seeks to promote garden visiting in the county and helps to raise funds for charity.The Garden Trail now has twenty-three private and publicly open gardens for the garden lover to enjoy.
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The Guide Book
The Guide Book for the Donegal Garden Trail is compiled by Seán Ó Gaoithín, head gardener at Glenveagh National Park and Elizabeth Temple of Salthill Garden, Mountcharles.
Although the trail covers the entire county of Donegal, the guide book groups participating gardens into regions, from the east, near Raphoe and Carrigans; then north toward Fanad; south from Donegal Town toward Killybegs; and the north-west of the county. It is recommended that the visitor concentrate on a locality rather than try to cover the whole county in a day.
Visitors to the garden trail will find a wide variety of gardens, large and small, old and new, all successfully coping with the county’s changing climate and natural topography. The gardens that make up the trail, stretching from Inishowen to Killybegs, offer a variety of planting and horticultural treasures, stone paths and streams, and tapestries of colour and texture.
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. And come prepared, organisers say. The weather shouldn’t stop anyone from enjoying the pleasures of a beautiful garden, but good footwear will go a long way to ensuring visitors can make the most of their garden travels.
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.
The full guide for the Donegal Garden Trail, including maps, visiting hours, and donation information, is available on line at www.donegalgardentrail.com
- Rathmullan House
- Glenalla House
- Carrablagh House
- Salthill Garden
- Fr McDyer Terrace
- Sea View
- Lower Cranny
- Bruckless House
- Ballyloughan House
- Browns Farm
- Cluain na dTor Gardens
- Glenveagh Castle Gardens
- St Columb’s
- Beltany View
- Oakfield Park
- Ros Ban Garden
- Celtic Garden and Iosas Centre
The Donegal Garden Trail
Accommodation in Donegal
- More Information on Glenveagh National Park
- More Information on Oakfield Park
- More Information on Celtic Garden & Iosas Centre