Donegal - Glenveagh Castle and National Park

We set off early on Sunday by car for Glenveagh National Park.
We drove past Mt Errigal which somehow seemed less imposing up close.
We pulled off at a view point to look into the valley below.
We soon arrived at the national park and walked through a long trellised tunnel to the entrance.
We had limited time to spend here and thus splurged on a ride to the castle.  We piled into a van with a group of German tourists and drove past an idyllic lake.
We were dropped in front of the door at Glenveagh Castle.
Our tour of the premises wasn't scheduled to start for an hour so we took the time to explore the extensive gardens.
I particularly liked the colorful blooms.
We passed into an area close to the house itself.
We even discovered the gardener's cottage tucked away in a corner.
The house and gardens were set against a more windswept and barren hilly terrain.  It's like a bit of an oasis.
We admired the castle from an elevated vantage point.
We walked down close to the lake and admired the castle from below.
There was even a pool (no longer in use) that practically spills out into the Lake.
Traditional Italian gardens with Roman inspired statues were tucked away in the forest surrounding the building.
By now our tour was about to begin.  We peeked into a fine greenhouse before meeting our guide to lead us through the castle.  Unfortunately, photos were not allowed inside.  Highlights included: a deer motif, entry hallway lined with hundreds of seashells hand-glued to the wall, and a lovely music room with a classic harp.
After our tour, we took a final look at the lake and then headed back to the car for our drive to the north coast of Donegal.

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