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Glenveagh Castle, Letterkenny

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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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  • The day I visited was warm. The only problem is the amount of midgets around and not suitable for outdoor dining. The gardeners were willing to share their ideas.  more »
  • This is an amazing park. The walk to the castle is lovely and we had fab weather also. There is bike hire too however the cast!e was closed because of Covid so looking g forward to go back again. The....  more »
  • It is so beautiful there and so we maintained . A pleasure to visit. Lovely walk into it so you get you’re steps in as well . Each place with visited in Donegal was so beautiful  more »
  • One of the finest castles i have seen so far. Its quite well preserved. And accessible. The national park has anice long walk and at the end of it, beautiful castle set like in the middle of lake. Secure parking. Wonderful if you go on a clear day esp.
  • Beautiful and well preserved. Easily accessible. Shops and toilet facilities. Gardens are beautiful open to everyone.. Tearooms which were closed due to COVID precautions. Castle at the banks of a vast lake, hot water pool, access to the towers, all created an aura. Memories
  • Fantastic views and scenery from the castle and within the castle grounds. Inside the castle was not open due to Covid-19, which was disappointing. Perhaps some more infographics on the site, explaining the history of the castle etc would be useful and beneficial. There is a small cafe on the castle grounds as well which is really handy, serving a range of foods, including coffee and ice cream etc. All in all a great experience for families, couples and groups of friends etc.
  • A great place for walking. From the beautiful walkway out to the castle or hardcore mountain walking, it's all here. A 20+ mile mtb loop can be done from here. Up over Lough Inshagh, through Glendowan and back via the Bridle Path. Check out the carrot cake in the castle tea rooms!
  • A Fabulous place to visit. A gentle 45 minutes walk parallel to the water takes you from the car park to the castle and it's gardens. Castle was closed when we visited due to covid but the grounds were open. The tea shop has great food so eat there rather than bring your own

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