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Glenveagh National Park
Formerly a privately-owned sporting estate, this area of deer forest in the Derryveagh mountains of Donegal, including Lough Veagh, has been a national park since the 1970s.
The highest point is Dooish at 660m and moorland and bog cover most of the park with small patches of Sessile Oak woodland and numerous streams and small lakes.
 Notable Species
The woodlands have Woodcock, Common Redstart, Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher with Grasshopper Warbler and Whinchat nesting in scrub. Golden Eagle have recently been reintroduced and have begun breeding.
Birds you can see here include:
Red-throated Diver, Great Cormorant, Grey Heron, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Goosander, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Red Grouse, Eurasian Golden Plover, Eurasian Woodcock, Eurasian Curlew, Common Gull, Common Woodpigeon, Barn Swallow, Common Redstart, European Stonechat, Whinchat, Northern Wheatear, Ring Ouzel, Eurasian Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Common Grasshopper Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Wood Warbler, Goldcrest, European Pied Flycatcher, Common Magpie, Hooded Crow, Northern Raven, Snow Bunting
 Other Wildlife
A large population of Red Deer Cervus elaphus inhabits the park alongside feral goats and mountain sheep. Lower in the valley there are Red Fox Vulpes vulpes, Badger Meles meles, Otter Lutra lutra and Stoat Mustela erminea.
As in other Irish parks the introduced Rhododendron ponticum is a problem.
The gardens of the castle are famous for the collection of subtropical plants that can grow in the mild microclimate of this valley.
 Site Information
 History and Use
 Areas of Interest
 Access and Facilities
Glenveagh National Park lies about 15km west of Letterkenny. To reach the park take the Dunfanaghy road from Letterkenny, turning off at Termon and continuing for about 10km until the park is signposted.
There is an information centre and nature trails and in summer a minibus runs between the visitor centre and the impressive castle on the shores of Lough Veagh.
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Content and images originally posted by Steve