Glenveagh National Park

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  • Address: Churchill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +353-761002537
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 06:00 Hrs
  • Tags: National Park, Garden, Walking Area, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Nature

Glenveagh National Park is the second largest park in Ireland. Home to many species of plants from as far as Chile, Madeira and Tasmania, the park is known for its serene beauty and breathtaking view.

The estate was established by John Adair- infamous for evicting 244 of his tenants and clearing the land so they would not spoil his view of the majestic landscape. The park is home to the largest herd of red deer in Ireland and the formerly extinct golden eagle which were reintroduced into the park in 2000.

Highlights include:

  • Walks
  • Wildlife
  • Gardens
  • Nature Education Centre

The spot is a must-visit for tourists and nature lovers to experience Ireland in its true glory.

  • If you prefer guided tour of the castle, you are advised to come early in summers as the park is in crowded throughout the day.
  • Entry is free.

Bus Tickets

  • Cars are not permitted beyond the Visitor Centre area but a minibus system is available to bring visitors to the castle and the gardens.
  • Adult- € 3.00 (return), Tolerance- € 2.00, Single ticket is € 2.00 on sale at the castle.

Castle Tour

  • Adult- € 5.00, Child / Student- € 2.00
  • Group / Senior- € 3.00, Family- € 10.00
  • Is a guided tour only. Tourists can enter the castle which can take about half an hour. 

Trip in the Garden

  • The garden tour is available if there is a demand for it.
  • Adults- € 5.00, Tolerance- € 3.00


  • Guided mountain walks warden and all other guided walk € 5.00 and € 3.00

  • The National Park is open to the public throughout the year. However, the park is closed on Good Friday and during Christmas week.

  • The park has an in-house restaurant and tearooms.

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  • Glenveagh National Park Address: Churchill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland
  • Glenveagh National Park Contact Number: +353-761002537
  • Glenveagh National Park Timing: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Glenveagh National Park Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Glenveagh National Park(preferred time): 11:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Glenveagh National Park: 06:00 Hrs
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  • 32.99% of people who visit Donegal include Glenveagh National Park in their plan

  • 90.65% of people start their Glenveagh National Park visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 6 Hrs to see Glenveagh National Park

Monday, Wednesday and Saturday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Glenveagh National Park

People normally club together Lough Eske and Dunfanaghy Stables while planning their visit to Glenveagh National Park.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • We stopped here for a few hours and enjoyed our time. It was a nice park, but it didn't have a ton to other in terms of hiking like I would expect. We did the viewpoint trail. This starts from the castle and you have to take a shuttle (3 euros) to get there or walk 4 km. The trail was very short, but steep. It was a loop and took about half an hour with our stop for pictures at the top. The views at the top were pretty. We explored the gardens which you could do without a ticket. They were pretty and a decent size. There were some other trails you could do that were longer, but none of them seemed to offer much in terms of views. It was a nice park, but I wasn't overly impressed. We saw better views elsewhere in Ireland. If you're in the area, it's worth a quick stop, but I don't think it's worth going out of your way for.

  • Beautiful setting, lovely walks, some easy and some more challenging. The gardens, specifically the walled garden, are probably best seen in the spring and summer as they're predominantly planted with flowers and fruiting shrubs and trees. All the other gardens don't rely exclusively on flowers for their attraction so would be lovely at any time of year...The overall setting of the gardens, in the heart of mountains and at the lakeside visible from corners of paths or through the shrubs, gives a magical feel. Be aware ....the little coffee shop at the castle gets packed on Sundays but there's another refueling venue at the Visitors Centre so retreat there rather than queuing forever!

  • Great place to visit. So magical. We saw two deer and the hot chocolate in the castle Cafe is amazing!

  • A must visit. One of the most beautiful scenic view a far as the eye can see. Great if you like a walk. And a castle settle nicely by the bay. Where you can get a tour of its history.

  • Actually, I wish I had had time to see this place, as I would have given it a higher rating, probably. The problem was that you have to take a bus to the Castle, where they give you 90 minutes to look around, 50-60 of which you are required to walk around and listen to the guide, where, at the end, you tip him or her. I know the reason they have the guide, and I was happy to tip him, because he was very helpful ... didn't know that the Tabasco family heirs had owned this place ... but, the beauty of the place, to me, was in the gardens, which I got to breeze through in 20 minutes or so. I'd much rather have sped through the inside and had an hour, at least, in the gardens and grounds.

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  • Hi I was wondering if you allow dogs at the National park. kind regards Maria Campbell

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    • Glenveagh National Park is dog-friendly. However, dogs are not allowed in the buildings or on the buses to the park.

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