Glenveagh extends over 16,000 hectares of north Donegal, including the Derryveagh Mountains, the Poisoned Glen and part of Errigal Mountain. You have free access to roam from all points. Hill walking in Glenveagh can be challenging for novices, so explore our easy trails if you’re a beginner.
Look out for our Trail Walker Bus: it lets you leave your car in the Car Park and brings you to our best starting points.
TERRAIN: mountainous, suitable for properly prepared hikers only
Experienced hikers who are equipped for hill walking may venture beyond marked paths and trails in Glenveagh. Please plan and equip carefully. Leave details with family or friends of your planned route and expected time of return.
09:15hrs – 17:30hrs
Dogs are not allowed in the Visitor Centre – except Service Dogs
The Walkers Bus gives visitors the option of being dropped off at Lough Inshagh or the Glen Walk.
Tickets sold on a first come first served basis and seats cannot be booked in advance.
Adult – €3
Concession – €2 (Children aged 7-18, students and anyone over 65)
Children – Free (6 and under)
Fun and interactive walks and events for all ages take place throughout the year, and we also host special seasonal events. Our events, and our supporting displays around the park, are focused on teaching visitors about the park and its wildlife and how they can protect it.
See what events are currently running or check out our social media feeds for more information.
Built between 1867 and 1873, Glenveagh Castle is a castellated mansion designed by John Townsend Trench. It is modelled on early Irish tower houses and has been built using local granite. The castle’s remote mountain setting was inspired by the Victorian idyll of a romantic highland retreat.
Castle Opening Times:
Castle opens at 9.45am & closes at 5.15pm
Last Castle Tour is 4.45pm
Castle Tour Prices:
Children under six years are free
The Castle is open opened daily for Self-Guided & limited Guided Tours. A Castle Tour cannot be booked in advance of your visit.
For more information please contact:
St Patrick’s Day to 31st October 10am – 5pm
Winter months weekends only
Dogs are not allowed in the Visitor Centre or Castle – except Service Dogs
Castle Tea Rooms
10am – 5pm peak season
10am 4pm off peak
You can explore the beautiful Glenveagh Castle using our Virtual Tour.
You can enjoy the castle on a self-guided tour, with information available from the reception in a range on international languages, as well as in braille format. You can also download the tour booklet below for your own use while visiting.
Castle Garden Walks
The castle gardens are open all year and feature signposted trails and paths throughout. Due to conservation and safety measures, access to the garden yard, the nursery area and the 67 Steps are restricted.
We welcome cyclists to the park. To ensure everyone’s safety please watch out for other visitors on the paths and be aware of signs along the way.
Bikes are not permitted on the roads.
Bike collection point is located near the bus shelter.
Prices shown below are for 3-hour bike hire. Longer rentals can be arranged if necessary. Booking of bikes is advisable. If you are planning on visiting Glenveagh regularly during the summer don’t forget to ask for a bike hire loyalty card.
17 March – June – Weekends and Bank Holidays only
July – August – 7 Days a Week
Times – 10.00hrs – 17.00hrs
During the Easter period from Good Friday until Easter Monday.
April – September,
7 days a week, 10:00AM – 5:00PM
7 days a week, 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Extended hours in Summer.
The Synge & Byrne Restaurant and Tea Room is located in the Glenveagh Visitor Centre. Here you can relax, eat and shop under one roof. Our 100-seat restaurant caters for cosy catch ups, large group gatherings (which can be booked in advance) or quick, takeaway options.
The Synge & Byrne outlets are located throughout the park and are ideal for refreshments on the move. Enjoy a takeaway tea, coffee or a quick ‘pick me up’ as you explore our walking trails and gardens.
A coffee trailer serving on-the-go hot beverages is located at the Castle.
If you are a large group, touring or coach company we also offer large-scale catering options. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or make a booking.
With its beautiful scenery and wildlife, Glenveagh National Park is a mecca for photographers. When taking photographs in the park please be aware of the wildlife and their habitats.
Nests may only be photographed or filmed under permit and licence and all commercial photography will require a permit.
You will need a permit to operate a drone in the park. Low flying aircraft and other objects (drones, kites, hang gliders, etc) are regulated within Glenveagh National Park. Helicopters are often used within the park for tasks including search and rescue operations and drones can interfere with this important work. All drone owners should read the Irish Aviation Authority’s Drones Q & A.
Glenveagh National Park and its surrounding areas have featured in various films and documentaries. Please note that all commercial filming requires a permit from our park Rangers. If you have any queries, please contact us.
Many activities in Glenveagh National Park require a permit, including:
If an activity is not listed here, it does not mean that the activity is allowed.
If in doubt, please contact us.
To apply for a permit please fill out the permit application form and return to our park Rangers. Provide as much detail as possible in your application including dates, locations, nature of your activity etc. Permit requests should be made at least seven days prior to the proposed event. Persons acting under permit must produce that permit on request for inspection by members of the park staff.
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Develop a greater understanding of conservation and care for nature
Glenveagh has no serviced camping or caravan sites, but if you’re planning a multi-day hiking trip and seeking a wilderness experience, you’re welcome to pitch camp as long as you follow the Wild Camping Code – that means no fires, careful siting of any catholes, and following guidelines for camping and washing up. Wilderness camping is the only sort permitted in the park. Read the full Wild Camping Code.