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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. A visit to Glenveagh Castle represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Letterkenny itinerary builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Glenveagh Castle and National Park is a "must see" if you are in Donegal. The tour is fascinating and informative. History buffs will love this. It's well suited to families. I saw many people there w...  more »
  • This is a stunning area to visit. The castle itself is quick small but has stunning walks surrounding it. We visited in winter but would be beautiful in summer. I would recommend the bus from the car ...  more »
  • You have to do to get there, either before or up to the visitor center and then walk or, if you prefer, by bus; If the weather is good (but bring always behind an umbrella) should go walk and come back perhaps with the van. The surrounding landscape is decidedly bleak, full of bogs, but also is his trademark and what makes it interesting this castle. The same is definitely modern as date of construction, and then, from the outside, has a great glance as still in excellent condition. The Interior, once you get this far, it's worth a visit, but don't expect who knows that, as I wrote above, it's all relatively modern and therefore not very charming, at least for what one would imagine to find inside a castle. Nice Park, strolling on which you get up on the banks of the pond in front of the Castle.
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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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