Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny

Step into nature at Glenveagh National Park


Covering 17 hectares of dramatic Irish scenery and beautiful woodland and mountains is Glenveagh National Park, one of Ireland's finest and largest natural attractions. Its name is quite beautiful, just like its surroundings, and means 'Glen of the Birches' in Gaelic.
 

Go wildlife spotting

The landscape around the park varies from alpine terrain, lakes, woodland and bog land, each making perfect habitats for a range of wildlife, from mountain hares and other birds of prey, badgers and foxes. The park is also home to one of Ireland's two herds of wild red deer and has successfully been a part of a project aimed at re-introducing Golden Eagles to the country. Glenveagh is full of the song from birds, both native and migratory, including siskins and crossbills. The freshwater lakes and rivers are ideal for fishing brown trout, salmon and arctic charr.
 

Get historic at Glenveagh Castle

Nestled amidst the hills of Donegal, within the park boundary, is Glenveagh Castle and gardens, a 19th-century Scottish baronial-style castle, which is open to visitors. After a tour of the castle, the gardens offer a serene place in which to relax amongst exotic plant life, surrounded by a striking mountain backdrop. The impressive Victorian gardens are made up of two parts: the Pleasure Gardens and the Walled Garden. Don't forget to visit the cafe for afternoon tea, and the shop for the perfect range of gifts.
 

Activities

If you like nothing better than to be part of nature, put on your hiking boots and explore a range of walking and hiking trails. Alternatively, hire a bike from GrassRoutes and take advantage of our Experience Card for discounts, such as children under 12 cycle for free with a paying adult. For those who prefer culture, there are a number of events taking place at the park throughout the year. Glenveagh National Park is a 25km drive north west of Letterkenny and is the ideal way to spend a day exploring from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny.