St. Columb’s

Glebe Gallery, Churchill, Co. Donegal

Duration: 100  mins

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Built in the early 19th century for the Church of Ireland Rector,   St. Columb’s overlooks the shores of Lough Gartan.   The house and grounds were transformed into a haven of artistic beauty by the late Derek Hill who planted many rare and unusual trees and shrubs.

Hill was assisted by James Russell of Sunningdale Nurseries “ Russell and myself aimed to accentuate simply the natural formation of the landscape and to set off, by architectural planting, some of its best features with the idea of creating a picture composed of the wild ingredients of Donegal.”  New herbaceous borders to Russell’s design were planted in 2010.

A delightful visitor experience for lovers of art and beauty. Facilities include tearoom and toilets.  In the care of Historic Properties Division of the Office of Public Works.

Contact:  Michael Galligan (Head Gardener) or Gallery Reception

Tel:  074 9137071

Email:  Curator:   adrian.kelly@opw.ie

Open:  Access to grounds every day, dawn to dusk, all year round.

Admission:  Free entrance to grounds and Gallery.   Admission charge to house.

Directions:  On the shores of Lough Gartan, below Churchill village. Sign-posted.

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