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    Glenveagh National Park

    Nestled in the wilds of County Donegal by the sloping Derryveagh Mountains, this nature haven is home to protected wildlife, walking trails and a picture-perfect lakeside castle. Let's explore...
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    County Donegal
    Amazing Landscapes
    1 hr 15 mins from City of Derry Airport
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    The island of Ireland is famed for its wondrous landscapes, from the broad and majestic River Shannon to the legendary Cliffs of Moher. But some regions are so stunning they’ve been designated as National Parks in the Republic of Ireland and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Northern Ireland, thus guaranteeing they’ll be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

    Glenveagh National Park is one such region, and it might just be the most remote and ruggedly breathtaking of the lot. Best of all, its nature trails, Victorian castle and abundance of flora and fauna are ready and waiting for YOU to enjoy today. So get set to you fill your heart in County Donegal’s crowning glory...

    Letterkenny, County Donegal
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    Glenveagh Castle and Gardens, Glenveagh National Park

    Glenveagh highlights

    If you’re the outdoorsy type, head straight for the park’s walking and hiking trails. There are six fab routes to choose from, including the short 1km Garden Trail and the strenuous 8km Glen Walk. All offer epic views of the surrounding countryside, from the Poisoned Glen to Errigal Mountain. You can also go fishing, camping and cycling in the park, with bike rental available.

    Should you prefer wandering around the lush interiors of a historic building, go to Glenveagh Castle and Gardens. This castellated mansion sits proudly by the gently lapping waters of Lough Beagh. Construction of the castle began in 1867 and was completed in 1873, making the site a Victorian-era gem. It’s played host to many famous faces down through the years, including Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne! Grab a coffee from the beverages trailer at the castle then join a tour of the elegant interior.

    Don’t miss the Castle Gardens, which are home to an abundance of rare and exotic plant species. The best time to see them is during the summer months, when bright rhododendrons and the white-flowered Eucryphia tree are in full bloom. It’s a peaceful spot to while away a blissful hour or two.

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    Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal

    Beyond the park

    Glenveagh lies at the heart of County Donegal, and there’s lots of things to see and do outside the park in all directions. It’s a happening time to visit also, as Lonely Planet has voted Donegal fourth in their list of Top 10 Regions to visit in 2024 as part of their Best in Travel awards.

    Errigal Mountain is a great hiking option just outside Glenveagh’s park boundary. As the highest peak in the county, the views atop Errigal are simply stunning. Elsewhere, Dunfanaghy is a postcard-perfect seaside village just a 25-minute drive from Glenveagh. Close to the village is Killahoey Beach, a beautiful sandy stretch of coastline ideal for sea swimming.

    If Glenveagh Castle isn’t enough to sate your historical cravings, then the impressive Doe Castle is also only a short distance away by car. Billed as “a waterside citadel with a thrilling history,” this medieval fortress is scenically located by the shores of Sheephaven Bay. For a different kind of insight into old Ireland, go to Gweedore, an Irish-speaking region close to Glenveagh National Park. Why not brush up on a few words of Irish before you visit? Then you can surprise a local or two for a truly authentic experience.

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    Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal

    Need to know: Glenveagh National Park

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    Glenveagh National Park is open all year round and admission to the park is FREE.

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    Glenveagh Castle is also open all year round (except Christmas week). Both self-guided and guided tours of the castle are available. The last tour of the day is at 16:45 hrs.

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    Facilities in the park include a car park, toilets, visitor centre, tearooms, education centre and playground.

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    Disability parking is available but please note that certain areas of the gardens are inaccessible for wheelchair users due to steps and an uneven ground surface.

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    Visitors to Glenveagh National Park are minded that protecting nature and conservation are the main aims of the park. So please be mindful of your impact when you go.

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