Herbert W.K. Sterritt
Listen to nature’s voice
Glenveagh National Park lies in the heart of County Donegal, among the wild and rugged landscape of the Derryveagh Mountains. Its pristine habitats and protected wildlife, and its trails taking in the stunning Victorian Castle and Gardens along Lough Veagh, make Glenveagh the ideal escape for lovers of the natural world.
Whether you’re here to learn about Ireland’s unique biodiversity or just want to explore one of Ireland’s most breathtaking landscapes, we can help you plan your visit and discover how to help us achieve our mission of protecting the Glenveagh wilderness for generations to come.
Take the N56 through Kilmacrenan, then the R255 for Gweedore.
Local link bus service number 271 Burtonport – Letterkenny passes through Glenveagh daily. The bus can be picked up at the flagpole in the Car Park.
Protecting nature is the main aim of a National Park. Conservation work goes hand in hand with responsible outdoor recreation. Everything we do in the National Park is based on the principle that nature comes first. Our Protect Nature video aims to raise awareness of Glenveagh National Park and how our visitors can make their visit a meaningful one, to appreciate wildlife and be mindful of their impact.
walking & hiking
Walk the Glen path from the top and experience Glenveagh in the order that its natural and historical story unfolds. A glaciated valley, rivers, waterfalls and pristine woodlands existed here long before people.
the castle gardens
Don’t miss a stroll around the Castle Gardens, skillfully cared for by our expert staff. Whether you’re visiting at the height of summer or during the magical autumn and winter, the Castle Gardens offer a striking contrast with the wilder side of Glenveagh.
From soaring golden eagles and peregrine falcons, to the elusive red-throated diver, a range of birdlife makes its home here. Jays, wood warblers, crossbills and long-tailed tits are just some of the species you might spot. Early mornings in May feature the unmissable dawn chorus.
– Car Park
– Visitor Centre
– Tea Rooms
– Education Centre
– Castle and Gardens
– Outdoor Classroom
– Wild Play Area
Toilets & Baby Changing
Available in the Car Park, Visitor Centre and Castle
There is a restaurant at the Visitor Centre and a tearoom at the Castle and Gardens provided by Synge & Byrne.
For queries or group bookings contact 087 930 6875.
Open: Year round
Last Tour: 16:45hrs
March – October 09:15hrs–17:15hrs
November – February 10:00hrs–17:15hrs
All year around (except Christmas week)
Includes: tea room; toilets
Tea Rooms open:
10:00hrs–17:00hrs peak season
10:00hrs–16:00hrs off peak
Tours: The Castle is open daily for Self Guided and some limited Guided Tours. A Castle Tour cannot be booked in advanced of your visit.
Heritage Card holders enjoy free bus tickets and castle tours, and discounts to other attractions around Ireland. Purchase a Heritage Card in the Visitor Centre:
Accessible toilets are available at the Visitor Centre
Glenveagh offers trails for all ages and abilities. Check out our trails and remember the safety basics: check the weather before you set off, bring a map, and take along any essentials you’ll need for venturing into the hills.
Make the most of your visit to Glenveagh with a stop at Glenveagh Castle & Gardens. Discover more at our Visitor Centre with free, daily exhibitions on topics like National Parks in Ireland, the golden eagle reintroduction project and the Derryveagh Evictions, including short videos.
Learn about Glenveagh’s history, heritage and conservation and speak with our guides for more information or advice.
Glenveagh Education Guides are happy to meet you along our trails. Why not book a guided walk, bring your school group or attend any of our specialist courses? We also help with research projects and offer tailored educational experiences all year round.
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