Day 3 – Eire East to West – Downpatrick to Glenveagh
The shortest route from Newcastle to Glenveagh usually takes about three hours and immerses you in the heart of the Irish countryside. You vacation from the outskirts of Belfast, the capital of Northern Eire, into the centre of Gaeltacht, the Irish Gaelic-talking area of Ireland.
You can see the transition as shortly as you go away the seaside. The farther west you drive, the much less homes you see. This route will take you by the Ulster American Folk Park, an immersive, interactive dwelling museum that tells the story of Irish immigration to America. Alternatively, you could get an hour’s detour north to see the Giant’s Causeway, 40,000 interlocking basalt columns at the ocean’s edge.
After once again, there’s a seamless border in between the British isles and the Republic of Ireland at the Foyle River. You could not detect it at all, except the street signals change to metric and are published in Gaelic to start with, with English as a secondary textual content. Though that is the common for all of the Republic, it’s particularly considerable in the Gaeltacht areas.
You also will recognize the weather conditions and landscape change as you enter the Atlantic coastal zone. The eco-friendly pastures out your window alter to peat bogs as you switch into the oddly named Glenveagh (glen of the birches) Countrywide Park.
There ought to have been a time when trees protected this valley, but that was a long time in the past. It was very long ahead of John George Adair created Glenveagh Castle, his palatial place estate, and drove off the regional villagers on 1 cold and brutal early morning. It wasn’t extensive before invasive rhododendrons escaped his manicured gardens and commenced ravaging the hillside.
People can still see the castle, gardens (one of Ireland’s best), and vestiges of temperate rainforests in microclimate pockets around Lough Veagh that contributed to this estate getting to be a Nationwide Park. You can also ride bikes as a result of the park, study much more about historical past, and see how biologists are restoring the valley to its prior glory.
Logistically, you are going to want to program lunch at the park at either the Synge & Byrne Cafe by the visitor center or at the tearoom by the castle and gardens. Go away the park in the late afternoon to take pleasure in the viewpoint earlier mentioned Dunlewey Lough ahead of arriving at Gweedore for the night. An Chúirt Lodge is a 4-star lodge alongside the Clady river that provides snug beds and a pleasant on-premise restaurant.