Glenveagh (Gleann Bheatha, "glen of life", in Irish) — covering 110 square kilometres of hillside above Glenveagh Castle on the shore of Lough Veagh (Loch Ghleann Bheatha), some 20 km from Gweedore in County Donegal, Ireland — forms the heart of the Glenveagh National Park (Páirc Naisiúnta Gleann Bheatha), the largest in Ireland. The network of mainly informal gardens displays a multitude of exotic and delicate plants from as far afield as Chile, Madeira and Tasmania, all sheltered by windbreaks of pine trees and ornamental rhododendrons.
The estate was established by John Adair, who became infamous for evicting 244 of his tenants and clearing the land so they would not spoil his view of the landscape.
Gardening: Emerald Aisles ; Visitors Who Persevere with the Desolate Road to Glenveagh That Passes through Barren Moorland and Peatbog Will Find Themselves in One of the Most Atmospheric Gardens in Ireland. Melanie Eclare Meets the Head Gardener, Sean O Gaoithin, Who Is Responsible for This Delicate Balance of Order and Wilderness
Oct 10, 1999; THE LANDSCAPE of Donegal is harsh and uncompromisingly beautiful. Travelling north west from the bustling market town of...