Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 hectares in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals. These lands were managed as a private deer forest before becoming a national park in 1975. With the completion of public facilities Glenveagh National Park was officially opened to the public in 1986.


“A National Park exists to conserve interesting plant and animal communities and associated landscapes in their natural state and, under conditions compatible with that purpose, to provide for appreciation of them by the visiting public.”

Glenveagh National Park is open all year round. Castle, Visitor Centre and Gardens open every day apart from Good Friday and the Christmas period.



Visitor Centre

The Glenveagh Visitor Centre is located on the northern end of Lough Veagh, near the edge of the National Park. Its award-winning design incorporates a living heather roof mimicking the surrounding landscape causing minimum disturbance. The extensive displays contained within provide an introduction to the parks natural and built history as well as providing information on walking trails, events etc. Guides on duty will also be happy to provide visitors with information about the park and surrounding area as well as tickets for the park buses.


Photo of Autumn Castle


National Park

Admission to the National Park and Visitor Centre is free.

Bus Tickets

Cars are not allowed beyond the visitor centre however a shuttle bus service is available to take visitors to the castle and gardens.

Adult €3.00 (return)
Concession €2.00 (return)

Single Tickets are available at the Castle for 2 Euro

Castle Tour

Adult €5.00
Group/Senior €3.00
Child/Student €2.00
Family €10.00

Admission to Glenveagh castle is by guided tour only and takes aprox. 30mins.

Garden Tours

Garden Tours on request: Adult €5 Concession €3


Ranger Lead Hill Walks : €10

All family events and shorter walks run by The Nature Team are free of charge.

The Visitor Centre and Restaurant do accept Visa/Debit cards, but not American Express. (sorry no cash back available).

Opening Arrangements

The National Park is open to the public all year round, apart from Good Friday and Christmas Week.

Park open 9am - 6.00pm March - October
Last admission 5.00pm

9am - 5pm October - March (last admission 4pm)

Those wishing to take the guided tour of Glenveagh Castle should note that during the summer months demand can be high and therefore early arrival is advisable.

Dogs are permitted in the park but must be kept on a lead at all times. Dogs are not permitted entry to buildings, Castle Gardens & park buses. (Guide dogs are permitted in all areas)