Glenveagh Castle, Letterkenny

Experience the serene environment at Glenveagh Castle, a Baronial-style mansion in the Glenveagh National Park. Captain John George Adair built the castle around 1870 and developed the original structure and gardens with his wife, Cornelia Wadsworth Ritchie. Tour the site where Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, and Clark Gable (among others) spent their vacations. Take in views of the mountains, lakes, and forests while exploring the grounds. Stop by the visitor center for more information on the castle and gardens, which were given to Ireland in 1981. Make your Letterkenny itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.
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  • Amazing state owned resource free to the public. A must-see visit in Donegal. An interactive display at the visitors centre near the free carpark sets the scene. From there you can walk or take the sh...  more »
  • The walk up past the castle presents the most amazing scenery. The castle itself is beautiful and has a great story to tell.  more »
  • Park in a large free car park (very busy after lunchtime) and either walk 3km or get a shuttle bus for 1.5 Euro to the Castle. There is a nice tearoom there and lovely walks in the National Park throu...  more »
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  • The walk up to the Castle, only to walk away and not with Visitor Center shuttles, is superb and very easy. Magnificent points of view along the way. As long as the sky is a bit loaded, the colors are simply magical! Arriving on foot, through the great park surrounding the Castle. We did not visit the inside of the Castle but outside views are impressive and there are enough to make beautiful pictures.
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  • Beautiful garden and panoramic views.
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Where to stay in Letterkenny

The favorite form of lodging in Letterkenny is the bed and breakfast, complete with hearty home-cooked meals. The very center of town can be quite noisy at night, so if this bothers you, consider staying a few minutes from the heart of Letterkenny. Most lodging options--which include guesthouses and hotels in addition to bed and breakfasts--lie within walking distance of the city center, so you won't be far from any sights. The real reason for stopping in this town is to see the rest of Donegal, so any basic accommodations will do as a jumping off point.
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