Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh Castle Gardens

Duration: 180 Mins

This is the great garden of Donegal, much visited and yet unspoiled since it is reached by shuttle bus 4km from the Visitor Centre. The setting is starkly dramatic – at Glenveagh National Park the bare hulks of Kinnaveagh, Dooish and Staghall mountains rise above the peaty waters of Lough Veagh. The castle is placed with romantic effect at the centre where it is surrounded by its magical woodland gardens.

The original Victorian garden was first laid out for Mrs Adair from 1885. The gardens were further developed by Henry P McIlhenny assisted by Jim Russell and Lanning Roper in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s with extensive new planting and the addition of classical elements that include a Tuscan garden, Italian Terrace and the famous 67 Steps. Tree rhododendrons and magnolias grace the woods with under-plantings of azaleas, hostas, astilbes and rodgersias. The Walled Garden is packed with colour from March to October with fine displays of fruit, vegetables and herbs grown for ornamental effect.

At Glenveagh one has the sense that the true artistic potential of horticulture is realised. Managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service. / Facebook Page



Every day all year round (10am – 6pm)


Take N56 north out of Letterkenny, left at Termon on to R251, follow sign-posts for Glenveagh National Park.

Covid-19 Statement - 2021

You will find a detailed description of each of our gardens under the ‘GARDENS’ tab along with proposed opening dates and times. However these are, of course, subject to any Covid Restrictions prevailing at the time and so we ask that you check our Facebook page for up to date information on which gardens are scheduled to be open and please phone the owner to be sure before travelling.

Please visit our Facebook Page for all the month by month information on which gardens are open plus any changes to details on our website.

There will be no printed brochures this year.