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Gardens at Glin Castle

On the banks of the Shannon estuary, some twenty miles in from the open sea, the bow fronted castle looks out to the rocky foreshore. On still and misty evenings, when the light falls long and low, the cry of the curlew and lapwing conjure up all the wonderful loneliness of Ireland’s west coast in winter.

Walled kitchen garden

On the inland side, sheltered and facing south, is an entirely different world. Without heavy frosts and washed by the Gulf Stream, exotic plants thrive. Groves of Gunnera, camellia and rhododendron flourish under the Killarney oaks and Monterey pine. A Persian Ironwood tree crowns the formal parterre of clipped yew and behind it, the meadowy hill lights up in spring with a thousand pale yellow daffodils.

In the 19th century walled garden, espaliered fruit trees border the asparagus and artichoke beds. Two wooden gothic temples: one deep in the spectacular herbaceous border; the other looking out east along the Shannon, afford quiet contemplation.

Our food philosophy

Our food philosophy at Glin Castle is simple; tasty, seasonal and fresh local produce. In our 19th century walled garden, espaliered fruit trees border the asparagus and artichoke beds. Any produce not grown on our grounds, is sourced from the best local producers including fish from Sealyons in Carrigaholt, a small fishing village in County Clare. Our meat is sourced from the best local butchers and our award-winning farmhouse cheese is made by outstanding small local producer Jim O’Brien.

Great Gardens: Glin Castle

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Nothing nicer than wandering around and savoring the exotic plants, enjoying the walled garden and discovering the two wooden gothic temples.