alone in a dramatic glaciated valley, its battlements rising
through a canopy of windswept pine, Glenveagh Castle (pronounced
"Glen vay") conjures an air of history, grandeur and romance.
However, Glenveagh is little over a century old and its
fortified appearance derives from the Victorian passion
for highland sporting retreats. Glenveagh's architectural
scheme is roughly that of Balmoral on a reduced scale including
a tall rectangular keep with distinct stepped battlements,
(a unique Irish form) from which extends on lower stories
a comfortable residence. Granite, plentiful in Donegal but
difficult to work, was chosen as the building stone. The
castle was completed in 1873; two years after work began...