Glenveagh Castle & GardenSeptember 6, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C
After a 45-minute walk we finally reach the castle, a Scottish-style stone building resembling a Medieval tower. The building is surrounded by a lush garden with thematic areas and ancient statues from all over the world. Apart from the beautiful plants and flowers, the constant rain has caused quite a few mushrooms to pop up. Some of them being really colourful! 🍄
We still have around 20 minutes before the beginning of the tour, so we decide to walk up a path going uphill to a supposedly panoramic lookout point. Bad idea! After 5 minutes it starts pouring with rain, so we have to hurry down back to the castle.
Soaked wet, we do the guided tour of the castle, which turns out to be around 150 years old and was built as a fancy residence by a local lord. At the end of the 1900s it was gifted to the state under the condition that it had to be open to the public (i.e. it could not be turned into a hotel or anything like that) and all the staff must have been kept.
Inside, the mansion is beautifully furnished and decorated as well as surprisingly warm and welcoming. Here, many high-society guests used to be welcomed and the hospitality of the host was so renowned, that guests used to be weighted before and after their stay at the mansion... to check how much they appreciated the local cuisine! 🍝😂😂 😂
Time has really flown in this place and we must already return. On the way back we have to take the shuttle bus and we should show as ticket for the ride a sticker we were given at the entrance. The problem is that the rain literally destroyed mine: all I have left is a wee tiny shred glued on my middle finger. Luckily the driver doesn't really seem to check and lets me in...Read more