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Glenveagh Castle and Gardens

Glenveagh castle and gardens are overlooking Lough Veagh, Glenveagh Castle stands atop a slight promontory jutting into the lake. Few buildings in Ireland can boast of as fine a setting. Made from rough-hewn granite, the Castle, a castellated mansion, was built in the years 1870-1873 from designs by John Townsend Trench, a cousin of John Adair. It consists of a four storey rectangular keep with walls 1½ metres thick, with battlemented ramparts, turrets and a round tower. Many of the rooms inside still have the furnishings from the last private owner. First conceived more than a hundred years ago, the gardens boast a multitude of exotic plants whose luxuriance contrasts starkly with the surrounding austere mountains. Work on the gardens began under the direction of Mrs Adair and the subsequent efforts of Henry McIlhenny and his advisors, Jim Russell and Lanning Roper, have resulted in gardens of extraordinary charm. Pines and ponticum rhododendrons provide windbreaks to allow orn

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