This is Glenveagh Castle, in Glenveagh National Park. When I wrote of the Emerald Hall in my novel Emerald Witch, I drew inspiration from these stunning surroundings in Glenveagh. The place is quite simply breathtaking.
Like my Emerald Hall, Glenveagh's large stone castle sits at the head of a mammoth lake, hugged on three sides by forestland. Across the lake mountains rise up towards the heavens.
No matter what stresses life brings I always seem to find peace in Glenveagh. It would be hard not to surrounded by the very best that nature has to offer. Glenveagh has some 16,000 acres right in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Deer run wild and free in the area.
Up there, high in the mountains, I always feel inspired...