Top 7 heritage sites of Northwestern Ireland

Donegal Castle, ©Cullion/Flickr

Donegal Castle, ©Cullion/Flickr

Ireland is a world of medieval history and mythology where ancient castles, houses, abbeys and parks hide fascinating stories about fascinating people. The northwestern region of the country has several heritage sites such as the Carrowmore cemetery, the Donegal Castle and Parks’s Castle, the Glenveagh national park and others.

Those who would like to know and learn more about Irish culture and history this region will prove to be a treasure trove. Below we enlisted the seven most popular and most important heritage sites in the northwestern region of Ireland which are well worth visiting and leave you with a memorable experience. So do not   hesitate, visit Ireland!

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery

The Carromore Megalithic Cemetery is an archeological site which is the largest and one of the oldest of its kind in the country of Ireland. Inside you can view hundreds of thousand year old megalithic tombs and monuments.

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, ©Jason Sturner 72/Flickr

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery, ©Jason Sturner 72/Flickr

Glebe House and Gallery

The Glebe house, built in the year of 1828 is a beautiful gallery which is decorated with Japanese and Islamic art and William Morris textiles. The 300 piece collection includes artwork from Picasso, Italian and Irish artists. Visit and admire the several exhibitions put on display in the gallery.

Glenveagh National Park

In the northwestern region of the country lies the Glenveagh National Park. The facility covers a mountainous territory dotted with woods and beautiful lakes where red deer herds come and go wildly. In the park there is a castle built in Scottish style which is surrounded by a fine garden. The four story high castle was built in the second half of the 19th century and its interior is accessible by a guided tour. The castle has tearooms where you can enjoy a lovely tea before or after the tour.

Glenveagh National Park, ©Michal Osmenda/Flickr

Glenveagh National Park, ©Michal Osmenda/Flickr

Newmills Corn and Flax Mills

Newmills Corn and Flax Mills is a complex left here from the industrial development which has several buildings which are hundreds of years old. Visit and admire the largest waterwheels of the country in action as it moves the corn mill machinery.

Parke’s Castle

Parke’s Castle is a restored plantation and building from the early 17th century. The construction is located on the shore of Lough Gill. There is evidence of the fact that previously a tower house stood there from the 16th century which was owned by Sir Brian O’Rourke. The fortress was later restored by traditional craftsmen who used Irish oak in the renovation.

Parke's Castle, ©BlackburnPhoto/Flickr

Parke’s Castle, ©BlackburnPhoto/Flickr

Sligo Abbey

The Sligo Abbey is a Dominican Friary which was founded in the middle of the 13th century by a man called Maurice Fitzgerald. This historical site contains several tomb sculptures of Gothic and Renaissance style. The oldest surviving sculpture is a 15th century Irish monastic church. Get inspired, get enlightened, visit northwestern Ireland!

Donegal Castle

The Donegal Castle is an ancient building from the 15th century constructed by the O’Donnell chieftain. The construction lies on the shore of the Eske River. The castle has been extended during the 17th century by Sir Basil Brooke. Enter and admire the interior design full of French tapestries and Persian rugs.

Donegal Castle, ©Cullion/Flickr

Donegal Castle, ©Cullion/Flickr

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