- adult/child €5/2, shuttle bus adult single/return €3/2, child return €2
- shuttle bus hevery 15 min
Lonely Planet review for Glenveagh Castle
This delightfully showy castle was modelled in miniature on Scotland's Balmoral Castle. Henry McIlhenny made it a characterful home with liberal reminders of his passion for hunting deer. In fact you'll be hard pressed to find a single room without a representation – or taxidermied remains – of a stag.
Access is by guided tour only. Tours last 30 minutes and take in a series of flamboyantly decorated rooms that remain as if McIlhenny has just stepped out. The most eye-catching, including the tartan-and-antler- covered music room and the pink candy-striped room demanded by Greta Garbo whenever she stayed here, are in the round tower.
The exotic gardens are similarly spectacular, boasting a host of terraces, an Italian garden, a walled kitchen garden and the Belgian Walk, built by Belgian soldiers who stayed here during WWI. Their cultured charm is in marked contrast to the wildly beautiful landscape that enfolds the area.
The last guided tours of the castle leave about 45 minutes before closing time. Cars are not allowed beyond the visitor centre. You can walk the scenic 3.6km route to the castle or take the shuttle bus.