Ardgillan Castle is located in a beautiful setting overlooking the town of Skerries and has spectacular views out to the Irish Sea and up to the Mourne Mountains in co. Down. The name ‘Ardgillan’ is derived from the Irish word ‘Ard Choill’ meaning ‘high wood’. The castle was originally called ‘Turret Prospect’ and although referred to as a castle this is really a large country-style mansion as the castellated embellishments were never intended for defensive purposes. The house contains famous diaries left by Marianne St Ledger Taylor who was the lady of the manor for over 50 years during the 19th century. Her diaries are a fascinating insight into aristocratic life during this period and include trips to Dublin, the theatre, visits to other manor houses, swimming on her private beach, taking the train from her private platform, getting married and taking holidays to Europe (.phew..must have been tough at the top!) As well as the view, the nice thing about Ardgillan is that visitors can still walk in the same rooms, open the same doors, touch many of the same pieces of furniture, gaze out of the same windows and experience the same atmosphere that the Taylors experienced between 1738 -1962.

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