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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: St Columbs

Glebe Gallery,Churchill

Built in the early 19th century for the Church of Ireland Rector, St. Columb’s overlooks the shores of Lough Gartan. The house and grounds were transformed into a haven of artistic beauty by the late Derek Hill who planted many rare and unusual trees and shrubs.

Hill was assisted by James Russell of Sunningdale Nurseries “ Russell and myself aimed to accentuate simply the natural formation of the landscape and to set off, by architectural planting, some of its best features with the idea of creating a picture composed of the wild ingredients of Donegal.” New herbaceous borders to Russell’s design were planted in 2010.

A delightful visitor experience for lovers of art and beauty. Facilities include tearoom and toilets. In the care of Historic Properties Division of the Office of Public Works.

Admission: Free entrance to grounds and Gallery. Admission charge to house

Directions: On the shores of Lough Gartan, below Churchill village. Sign-posted.


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Opening Hours

2019: Access to grounds every day, dawn to dusk, all year round


Glebe Gallery,

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