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.