Ardgillan Castle Ardgillan Castle

Emerging out of the woodland, one encounters the first view of Ardgillan Castle as the grounds roll down to it and beyond to the Irish Sea, 20 miles north of Dublin city. When the skies are clear, just visible are the Mourne mountains, across the bay, as they “sweep down to the sea”.

Of course it isn’t a Castle at all, but a rather comfortable country house with towers and battlements, the home of the Taylor family for 200 years, until purchased by Dublin County Council in 1982. The name Ardgillan is derived from the Irish Ard Choill meaning High Wood. Of course, Castles usually have the requisite ghost and the footbridge over the main road leading to the grounds is known as The Lady’s Stairs, due to the apparition of a ghostly lady there from time to time.

194 acres of  wild woodlands, walled gardens,an impressive…

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