Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal

Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal

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Glenveagh National Park is one of six national parks in Ireland. Situated in the Northwest of Co. Donegal, Glenveagh encompasses some 16,000 acres in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. Such a great wilderness is the haunt of many interesting plants and animals.

The site consists of three areas. The largest of these is the former Glenveagh Estate, including most of the Derryveagh Mountains. To the west are the quartzite hills around Crocknafarragh and to the south, the peat lands of Lough Barra bog, Meenachullion and Crockastoller.

A new trail has been constructed from the Bus Shelter to Bridge House via the lake. This new trail, suitable for children’s buggies and wheelchairs takes the walker through a stand of Austrian pines via the end of Lough Veagh. A small turn-off to the shoreline has dramatic views right up to the end of the glen. The path continues through mature pines where it joins onto the lower glen road to the Castle at the Bridge House.

The Glenveagh Visitor Centre is located on the northern end of Lough Veagh, near the edge of the National Park. Its award-winning design incorporates a living heather roof mimicking the surrounding landscape causing minimum disturbance. The extensive displays contained within provide an introduction to the parks natural and built history as well as providing information on walking trails, events etc. Guides on duty will also be happy to provide you with information about the park and surrounding area as well as tickets for the park buses.

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