Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal

Glenveagh National Park lies along the Derryveagh mountains in the northwest of County Donegal. It comprises 16,000 hectares of mountain, bogs, lakes and woods. Glenveagh Castle was built in 1870 from granite and is surrounded by its world famous gardens containing a rich variety of trees, shrubs and flowers from around the globe. Among its special features is the variety of Rhododendrons in the gardens themselves and the purple Rhododendron which grows prolifically across the park and is in flower in the Spring/early Summer. The beautiful walled garden is at its best in the summertime.

Glenveagh is home to many species of wild life including Ireland’s largest herd of red deer with the Golden Eagle having been re-introduced into the park a number of years ago. Close to Glenveagh you will find Donegal’s highest two mountains, Errigal and Muckish. This area is a haven for hikers.

The park is open all year round with many wonderful events taking place during the year, including Traditional music sessions, dancing, crafts, exhibitions, concerts and birds of prey viewing. Perhaps the real gem of Glenveagh is the wonderful walks for strolling or hiking which can be undertaken solo or Ranger led for the more experienced walker.

Website: www.glenveaghnationalpark.ie Tel: 00 353 (0) 74 9137090

Within a 30 minute drive of the beautiful Glenveagh National Park is Frewin Country House Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Located in the historic town of Ramelton, close to Letterkenny, it is the ideal place to stay for easy access to all that County Donegal has to offer. Formally a Rectory, Frewin Country House B & B is located in a mature wooded garden and offers its guests a warm welcome in an atmosphere of comfort, relaxation and a glimmer of a bygone time. It also has a self catering cottage tucked away in the grounds.