Glenveagh National Park
Glenveagh National Park
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9:15 AM - 5:30 PM
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9:15 AM - 5:30 PM
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  • Joe 67
    94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful national park with charming castle and good cafes
    Glenveagh National Park is a beautiful national park a short distance from Letterkenny. You should set aside at least 5 hours to get the most from this park. There are lots of nice walks, including along the lake beyond the castle (there is a waterfall at the end) - you should get the bus to the castle and then walk from there. There is a small cafe with a nice courtyard at the castle or a larger cafe at the Visitor Centre (back beside the car park). The self-guided tour at the castle is very interesting, there is a bedroom where the Hollywood star Greta Garbo stayed! The gardens at the castle are gorgeous. The whole National Park is very well maintained and signposted. I can't wait to go back!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Linda
    Kent, United Kingdom110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful scenic location
    Beautiful location, scenery, castle, walks, restaurant. Visitor centre A 4 km walk from free car park or for a couple of euros, a bus will take you to gardens/castle area. Various small gardens and the castle well worth a visit. Other long walks are available for hikers.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 4, 2023
  • helen c
    54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss!
    Set aside a day on your schedule for a visit here. Park up, (be prepared with walking shoes, etc)... go to the visitors centre and watch the video presentation about the castle, get the shuttle bus to the castle, the driver is happy to engage as gaelige if you can! Walk the gardens and take any one of the lovely walks..(to the waterfall if you're able).. then enjoy a lovely homemade sausage roll or soup in the cafe. Do the self guided castle tour also. It'll be a day incredibly well spent! For the hiking community, park up your camper overnight and get 2 days of spectacular walking in. Great value for money, minimal costs for bus and castle entry, restaurant has standard pricing, good quality food.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Shaunee B
    Glasgow, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to spend a day
    Honestly dont know why it took nearly 29 years of me coming over to see family for me to finally come here, but it was such a lovely day out as well getting to experience for the first time with my partner who’s only ever been to Ireland once before. We didn’t go in the castle but just walking the grounds and getting to see the birds and loch made it a great day out. Definitely recommend and the shuttle bus to the castle is a great price as well, definitely will visit again next year
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Oonagh Cryan
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place to visit
    Visited Glenveagh national park today. Visited the castle and walled gardens and had lunch in the restaurant at the visitor centre. Great experience. Very friendly and helpful staff. Everywhere very clean and well kept. Food in the restaurant was very good, as were the 2 people serving, the 'american' man and the younger man at the till. Definitely recommend
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Hollyandfredfred
    Kilbrittain, Ireland110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Day Out for all ages
    Thus was a as lovely day out, which started with a bus trip to the castle, you can walk the 4km and it is a beautiful scenic route .. but we wanted the bus effect. We had a tour of the castle and the staff could not be more welcoming. We then had a walk down to the waters edge and then back up to the gardens. The gardens weee a joy to wander around, full of fruit and vegetables and colour full flowers. We wandered around the beautiful gardens next door full of exotic trees and statues. Would really recommend it. We went during National Heritage Week and the bus and entrance was free.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Catherine1962
    Derry, United Kingdom62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing visit.
    Such a beautiful place to visit. Shuttle bus up to the castle and gardens is only €3 return. Money well spent if you're not up for the 40 minutes walk. The gardens and surrounding views are amazing. Great facilities at the visitors centre and up at the castle.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 6, 2023
  • Stephanie O
    Galway, Ireland402 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing drive and beautiful views.
    Such a beautiful place. A little disappointed that the website did not bore shortened hours. Weather was poor and shuttle to castle was not running so missed getting to go. Way to wet and cold to walk 4k.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 29, 2023
  • Mary D
    Dublin, Ireland221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dont miss it
    Great family day out. Wonderful tranquil place. Lots of walks and if you want to cheat you can get shuttle bus to castle. Make sure you walk around walled gardens. Lovelytea shop
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2024
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MJB
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
We recently visited Glenveagh National Park. We knew very little about it prior to our visit, other than what we learned online. It is without doubt something of a hidden gem of the North West. We enjoyed a fantastic experience across all aspects of customer satisfaction. The staff were friendly and engaging from the moment of entry at the main entrance, where we were greeted by a professional, friendly staff member. Another pleasant surprise that there is no admission fee! In the Visitor Centre we enjoyed an excellent short movie piece, giving the history of the castle and grounds. The food and service in the Visitor Center Restaurant was top class and very reasonably priced. The location, in terms of natural beauty is really wonderful. The Castle is currently closed due to Covid, but access to the gardens is open and they are stunning. The optional walk( there is a bus service) to and from the Castle (8km) was really exhilarating and the views were wonderful. Well done to all at Glenveagh National Park, we felt proud to see that a state run facility can achieve such high standards of customer service and product quality. Take a bow everybody!
Written April 7, 2022
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Pavel1977
Banbridge, UK504 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
I would enjoy to visit here even you spent hours for travelling up here. You may enjoy amazing views to the lake, mountains, local gardens, etc. Unfortunately, we was unable to use shuttle to the gardens and the castle due to lockdown in the country but 5 km walking distance was very confinable as we're enjoyed view on the lake and to the local mountains. The castle itself and gardens around it very well maintained . I would definitely come back here to see the castle inside and to walk in the garden. Looking forward to come back here
Written October 24, 2020
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Bridget White
Tipperary, Ireland33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The beauty of this place is surreal. Highly recommend taking the View Point Walk, its bit tough but only 2k and worth it. Shuttle bus is only €1.50 if you need lift back to carpark after all the hiking. The gardens are spectacular this time of year.
Written July 13, 2021
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Sean F
Limerick, Ireland337 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We had a lovely time here.As we drove in we were met by a friendly lady at the ticket booth who explained everything about the park to us.
At the moment the shuttle bus to the castle is not running due to Covid 19.There is bike hire available but it is advisable to book in advance. The walk to the castle is a fairly easy 4km and has lovely views along the lake.
At the castle there are nice trails to walk around and a visit to the walled garden is recommended.
Written July 29, 2020
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Tr8velbug
London, UK563 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
All I can say is that Glenveagh is absolutely beautiful and the best way to admire it is by walking in it! We went as a family with our 7 month old and the castle walk from the visitors centre up to the castle was stunning and completely buggy friendly. The route is clearly marked and you follow the arrows for the castle route. Loved it and would come back in a heartbeat!
Written February 22, 2020
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empathology
Rotterdam, The Netherlands542 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Glenveagh is set in the middle of gentle rolling hills with lakes and forests - perfect for a quiet and relaxing stroll to blow away the cobwebs. There's a small castle / country house and gardens by a lake which is set 2 miles from the car park - a pleasant walk or a shuttle bus (charge). The castle grounds also houses a very good cafe, so you're set for the day. A very pleasant day trip.
Written October 21, 2022
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anna c
11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Here 10 years ago, revisited with kids and elderly Mum. As it had been raining, midges were out in force, bitten alive, still scratching. As we all didn’t have ID to eat inside, choose to get take away coffee to sit down outside. Outdoor furniture all wet…had to ask girl in castle cafe for towel to wipe it down, she offered to do it for us which she did most of then left towel with us. Cafe could be better run here as 4 young servers seemed to be tripping over each other but yet no one took initiative to wipe down the other outside furniture so people could actually sit down. Got half full coffees and when my husband questioned them as they were been filled was told “they’re full”. Lovely scenery, and bus trip, would have stayed longer but had to leave because of the midges.
Written July 29, 2021
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cavehill
Belfast, UK132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
If in Donegal be sure to visit this beautiful place. Car parking, the visitors centre and the grounds are free to visit. There are picnic benches provided around the car park and visitors centre. There is also an outdoor play area which the kids enjoyed. Clean toilet facilities are in the car park area and the visitors centre.
If you just want to buy tea or a drink you are required to join the queue for all food in the restaurant. The place was busy when we arrived and I regretted not brining my own drinks with our picnic. The food on display looked lovely.
We took the little electric bus to the castle and grounds. It was 3 euro return.
The views of the lough are fabulous. We didn’t visit the castle as we already had visited previously. The kids loved rounding around the gardens playing hide and seek.
There is a smaller cafe in the castle grounds and a little gift shop.
You could easily spent the whole afternoon in Glenveagh, especially in a good day.
Unfortunately the midges were in abundance and some of us received multiple bites. Best to come prepared with repellent. I noticed people found it a real distraction in the outdoor area around the castle. Other that that a great day out for a family.
Written July 30, 2022
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Paul O
County Monaghan, Ireland5,187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Visited here on St. Patrick's day 2022. There is a large (free) car park when you enter and from here it is a short walk up to the visitors center that gives history of the park and where you can buy a ticket for the shuttle bus. It also gives out maps that details all the walks the park has to offer.

It is 3.5km from the visitor center to the Castle so we decided to get a one way ticket for the bus (€1.50) so that we would only have to walk back from the castle.

Unfortunately the castle was not open but it was still lovely to walk around. We also did multiple walks taking in the gardens and the view point which gives spectacular views down the lough and the mountains.

All in all a wonderful place to visit.
Written March 21, 2022
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niajam
Kilkenny48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
There are a number of different walks you can do depending on how much time you have and what you want to see..we did the viewpoint walk which takes you along the lake and onto the castle and gardens. The walk was just fabulous and while the weather was overcast it did not deter from the views. We only got to see a very small part of the park as we had other places to visit but we will definitely be going back and seeing more of it next time. The castle grounds were open and was the little cafe. Definitely worth a visit if you travelling that part of Donegal
Written September 28, 2021
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