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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.

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Close to the coast in scenic west Donegal and surrounding a traditional farmhouse, this garden was established in 1979 in a valley on a rocky hillside surrounded by four acres of native hazel woodland with blackthorn, juniper, burnet rose, ash and oak. Native primroses, bluebells, orchids and varied ferns abound. Emphasis has been placed on the blending of nurture with nature and the provision of all year round colour from many trees, shrubs, bulbs and herbaceous plants. Above the house is the woodland garden with rambling roses.

In the sheltered glen below the house a pond mirrors the ever changing Donegal skies. This naturally spring-fed pool is surrounded with a host of shrubs, fruit trees and acid loving plants. Please note that the terrain is hilly and the paths rough. Children welcome as are dogs on leads. Parking and toilet facilities are available.

Admission: Donation to charity

Directions: Leave Ardara on Narin/Portnoo road, take left turn L 7713 for Rosbeg, garden at two storey house in trees on left. From Glenties and Gweebarra take Ardara road, pass Kilclooney church and take right turn L 7713 for Rosbeg. Garden first two storey house on left


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Opening Hours

2019: June to October when owner at home; please telephone in advance


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