Glenveagh National park

Last minute time off work and usually our trips would take us south, just past Dublin to the Wicklow mountains for some biking in Ticknock or Ballinastoe but at a days notice there was no reasonably priced accomodation in that area which forced me into doing an all Ireland Airbnb search. After seeing a decent priced place close to Glenveagh National park we booked it. Never having been I did some searches to see if there’s MTB opportunity there.

Following the open road

We arrived at the car park which I imagine gets full very quickly. Car parking is free and there is a visitor centre and bike hire.

We followed the signs towards the Castle and before getting onto the trail were greeted by this stunning view.

Stunning

The trail to the Castle is shared by bikers and hikers and there is a road with a regular shuttle bus to take you the 4km.

As you get to the Walled Garden you need to dismount as the path gets narrow.

Gates to Walled Garden
Balinese statues from Indonesia

We had a good look around the Castle grounds which were beautiful.

Glenveagh Castle
Boat house
Where’s Stephen?

Seeing signs for a Viewing point and a Waterfall we decided we could fit both in. 3 km further down the path took us to a cascade of water coming down the side of the mountain. We weren’t able to get near enough to appreciate it.

We were a little underwhelmed

We headed back to where we came from to try out the steep climb to the viewing point.

1.5km of steep climbing later

Pretty sure there are some proper trails somewhere but today we didn’t have enough time to explore. Well worth a visit.