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Parks & Gardens in Donegal


Donegal is a County blessed with such a diverse range of public and private parks and gardens. From carefully tended intimate cottage gardens to public parks and woodlands, Donegal has a wealth of peaceful havens for lovers of flowers and trees. Donegal Garden Trail promotes garden visiting as a collective effort in County Donegal, encouraging garden visiting as an educational and leisure activity.

Donegal Garden Trail: Carrablagh House


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Carrablagh is an outstanding example of a well established country garden dating back to the mid 19th century. Set on the eastern cliffs of the Fanad peninsula where Lough Swilly meets the North Atlantic Ocean. Surrounding woodlands protect the specimen plantings within. This most intimate, classic Irish Robinsonian garden has a magical atmosphere, sheltering its botanical treasures in a series of pockets through the woods. The delightful tiny walled garden is filled with unusual trees, shrubs and flowers. There is a venerable Maiden Hair Tree (Ginkgo) and an ancient Magnolia. Rhododendrons flowering in May are a feature.

Admission: €5 donation to charity

Directions: In Stranorlar take N13 towards Letterkenny and after 500 metres turn left at Presbyterian Church. Travel one mile without turning left or right. Garden is on an elevated site on right.

Directions: R246 to Portsalon crossroads, turn right towards Lough Swilly. Pass caravan park, Portsalon Golf Club and Pier road on right. Continue uphill, following long stone wall to second drive on right: “Carrablagh House”


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Opening Hours

All Thursdays in May and first Thursday in June



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