Donegal Garden Trail

Availability: May - Aug

Address: Countywide
Tel: +353 (0)87 9895099
Email: j2donleavy@eircom.net

Founded in 2006 and first opening our gates in summer 2007, we are an association of public and private gardens which has a very committed and enthusiastic membership. Many private gardens proudly collect donations for charities.

Our primary aim is to promote garden visiting as a collective effort in County Donegal, encouraging garden visiting as an educational and leisure activity.

We have an inclusive approach, not rating or judging our gardens as such. Two of our members will visit a new prospective garden and determine two criteria: is the garden safe and is there sufficient horticultural interest.

2017 marks a momentous year for Donegal ... global publication National Geographic Traveller has named our county `The Coolest Place on the Planet` to visit in 2017.

Donegal Garden Trail - 2017 Locations

We are thrilled to be part of this and are proud to invite visitors to enjoy our 22 diverse and enticing gardens. Travelling the length and breadth of the county, visitors will discover a long established tradition of ornamental horticulture which began in monastic and castle gardens and continued in cottage and country houses. The gardens described in our brochure and on our website are the continuation of that rich tradition.

The 2017 season was successfully launched in March at The Buffers Tearoom, Oakfield Park, Raphoe and generously hosted by Sir Gerry & Lady Heather Robinson.

Open days and times are listed with each garden but many owners are happy to open outside of these times, but please do phone ahead to make sure, giving as much notice as possible.

  • Highlights
  • 22 diverse and enticing gardens in Co. Donegal
  • Open days and times are listed with each garden
  • Please wear sturdy footwear
  • Children are most welcome but should be carefully supervised at all times due to streams, rivers or ponds