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Glenveagh National Park and Castle Tour, Donegal Ireland

 

Church Hill, Letterkenny
Co. Donegal, Ireland

 Glevneagh Castle

Glevneagh Castle

Gleveagh National Park is simply heaven on earth, sixty-two square miles (165 Sq Km or 40,873 acres) of rugged mountains, lakes, remote bogs, and woodlands, where wildlife such as red deer and golden eagles roam. Glenveagh National Park is a remote and hauntingly beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains, pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls and enchanted native oak woodland in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains in the north west of County Donegal. Ireland.

 Lake Veagh

Lake Veagh

 At the centre of the Park on the edge of Lake Veagh is Glenveagh Castle. This 19th century castellated mansion was built in a remote mountain setting and used as a hunting lodge for many years by it original owner was John Adair.  Adair was notoriously cruel, evicting 224 tenants to improve the ‘aesthetic appeal’ of the estate.  In 1938 the Castle and estate was purchased by an American socialite and philanthropist Henry Plumer McIlhenny of Philadelphia.  In the 1970’s McIlhenny left the gardens and castle to the Irish nation so that Glenveagh National Park could be created. They continued to use the castle as a part-time residence until 1982. It is said that a curse was placed on the castle due to the cruel evictions. The cures supposedly forbides any owner of the castle to bear heirs to the family name.

 Rhododendron garden.

Rhododendron garden.

The Castle Gardens are regarded as one of Ireland’s outstanding horticultural masterpieces. It is well known for its rich collection of trees and shrubs specializing in southern hemisphere species. There is a diverse rhododendron collection and a divine Italian rose garden. 

A tour of the castle is included and lunch in the castle tea rooms is an option*.  You can also bring your own picnic lunch and relax along the lake with spectacular views, or near the visitors centre.  This tour picks you up in a luxury mini-coach at Ardglass cottages in Portsalon, Co. Donegal Ireland at 8:30am and returns to the cottages at approximately 4:30pm.

Cost for the tour

  • 49 € - per Adult

  • 29 € - per Child 3 - 17 y/o  (Children under 17 must be accompanied by an adult)

  • Free   Infant 2 years old and under

What is included:

 Ardglass Cottages

Ardglass Cottages

Transportation to and from the national park in a luxury mini-coach with a professional driver and guide. All entry fees to the visitor center with audio visuals and guided tour of the castle. Walk to and from the castle or take the bus (additional 2-3 euros). 

What is not included:

Lunch in the castle tea rooms is an option but not included in the price.

If the minimum number of reservations are not met within 48 hours of this tour commencing, all tickets will be refunded. 

For more information on this National Park click here.

 

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