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Glenveagh is the second-largest national park in Ireland. Located in County Donegal, it includes Glenveagh Castle grounds, Lough Veagh, and much of the Derryveagh Mountains. National parks in Ireland conform to IUCN standards.


The park covers 170 square kilometres and includes much of the Derryveagh Mountains, Lough Veagh and Glenveagh Castle on its shores. The castle gardens displays a multitude of exotic and delicate plants.

Getting there

The easiest way to reach the national park is to go by car. The park is located in the very northwestern corner of Ireland. The closest major city is Belfast and the drive is only around 2 - 2 1/2 hours. The drive from Dublin is longer and will take you around 3 hours and 30 minutes.

When to visit

It will often rain in Ireland and you should therefore prepare for rain in all seasons. Winter gets cold and you should bring appropriate gear before venturing into the park.


Park website


Park size

170 km²

Park founded


Useful links

Hiking Trails


Map of Glenveagh National Park

Image gallery of Glenveagh National Park

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Visitor/Information centres in Glenveagh National Park

Most national parks have an associated visitor centre to help visitors. They are usually open most of the year but some close in the off-season. You will often be able to find information on all the activities in the national park. A visit to the visitor centre is often recommended before venturing into the park.

Wildlife in Glenveagh National Park

These sections shows you some of the characteristic wildlife to the national park.

Mushroom hunting in Glenveagh National Park

The national park is not generally known for mushroom hunting. You will be able to find some of the good edible mushrooms in the forest during late summer and autumn. Make sure to check with local authorities if you can forage in the area you are planning to.

Camping rules in Glenveagh National Park

Wild camping is allowed in much of Ireland. This is especially true for some of the areas with national parks. You should of course always make sure you have the right to camp at your designated spot. Make sure to remember the general rules for camping and leave nothing behind.

Bears in Glenveagh National Park

Bears in Glenveagh National Park

No bears in the park

This national park has no bears and you do not need to take precautions.