Glenveagh Castle Ireland

During our photography tour of Ireland my wife and I visited Glenveagh Castle which is situated in Glenveagh National Park. Unfortunately our timing was such that we were not able to do the interior tour of the caste. This article shares a number of exterior views of the castle as well as some images of the gardens.

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/125, ISO-400

The Glenveagh estate was created between 1857-1859 through the purchase of several smaller land holdings by John George Adair. He became infamous by ruthlessly evicting 244 tenants during the Derryveagh Evictions.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @  7.4 mm, efov 20 mm, f/8, 1/160, ISO-200

The construction of Glenveagh Castle began in 1867 and was completed in 1873.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-400

John George Adair died suddenly in 1885 after returning from a business trip to North America. His wife, Cornelia, took over running the estate.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 13 mm, efov 35 mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-400

She directed major improvement to the estate including laying out the gardens.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/125, ISO-400

Over the next 30 years Cornelia became a society hostess of note and she continued to summer at the castle until 1916.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 10-100 mm f/4-5.6 @ 10 mm, efov 27 mm, f/8, 1/320, ISO-400

After her death in 1921, Glenveagh fell into decline. During the Irish civil war it was occupied by both the Anti-treaty and Free State Arm forces.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-400

In 1929 the estate was purchased by Professor Arthur Kingsley Porter of Harvard University.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/5.6, 1/40, ISO-400

He came to Ireland to study its archaeology and culture.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/8, 1/500, ISO-400

During this period Irish literary and artistic figures were entertained at the estate. AE Russel was a close friend of the Kingsley Porters. His paintings still hang in the library of the castle.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000, ISO-400

In 1933 Arthur Kingsley Porter disappeared mysteriously while visiting Inishbofin Island.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-400

The last private owner of Glenveagh Castle was Henry McIlhenny of Philadelphia. He bought the estate in 1937 and travelled back and forth between Ireland the the United States.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/8, 1/200, ISO-400

During this period McIlhenney spent time restoring the castle and developing its gardens.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/8, 1/100, ISO-400

The travel to and from Ireland and the upkeep of the estate eventually became too onerous for Henry McIlhenney. In 1975 he sold the estate to the Office of Public Works. This allowed for the creation of a National Park.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/8, 1/250, ISO-400

In 1983 McIlhenney bestowed the castle, much of its contents, along with its gardens, to Ireland. The Glenveagh National Park opened to the public in 1984.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikkor 6.7-13 mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 6.7 mm, efov 18 mm, f/8, 1/400, ISO-200

The Glenveagh Castle opened to the public two years later in 1986. If you visit the Donegal County area of Ireland a trip to the Glenveagh Castle and National Park is certainly worth considering.

Technical Note:
Photographs were captured hand-held using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process.

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