Connemara National Park, GalwayCurrently Open
- Address: Letterfrack, Co. Galway, Ireland
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +353-9541054
- Time Required: 06:00 Hrs
- Tags: National Park, Hiking Trail, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot
About Connemara National Park, Galway
What this place lacks in hype it makes up for in substance. About 4000+ hectares of natural beauty that coversmountains, coastlines, bogs, heaths, grasslands and forests is untouched by man. The star attractions here are the purple moor grass that swathes the land with color; in winter, the landscape is shrouded in snow. Even if you don’t get out of the car, the drive itself is too scenic for words. That’s not all you’ll find; there’s remnants of old settlements – villages centuries old and megalithic tombs about four millennium old.
The ecosystem isn’t lacking either; the many carnivorous plants (sundew, butterwort trap_ that must survive on insects instead of the nutrient-poor bog-land; the beautiful and plentiful birdlife (Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, European Stonechats, Common Chaffinches, European Robins; Eurasian Wrens, Common Kestrel. Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Merlins, Peregrine Falcons, Woodcock, Common Snipe, Common Starling, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Redwing Fieldfare); and the Connemara Pony.
There are numerous and popular picnic spots, winding nature trails, breath-taking mountain views, the Diamond Hill walks (get to the top, seriously; every Galway travel guide recommends it, and with good reason), a pretty children’s playground and even a classing tea-room at the visitor centre with hugely popular items on the menu. The visitor centre also has an exhibit: Man and the Landscape.
Connemara National Park Information
- Visitor centre not open during winter.
- Parking is at the waterfronts, about 3-4 blocks away.
- No visitor centre charge.
- Wear comfortable footwear.
How To reach Connemara National Park by Public Transport
- The entrance to the park is along the N59 near the village of Letterfrack.
Restaurants Near Connemara National Park
- Tea Room at the Visitor centre; a picnic you packed.
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Things to Know Before Visiting Connemara National Park
95% of people who visit Galway include Connemara National Park in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
65.59% of people start their Connemara National Park visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 6 Hrs to see Connemara National Park
94.2% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Connemara National Park
Connemara National Park, Galway Reviews
An absolutely beautiful national park although as you might expect quite remote. There are a lot of activities and things to do in the park including mines and caves to visit, old houses/castle and walled gardens as well as some majestic walking trails although it is very spread out. A car would be recommended as public transport to this part of the country is rare and the weather can be very poor at times. One of the most beautiful parts of Ireland and highly recommend for any walker/adventurer/photographer.
Great national park with free entrance and parking. Several walking trails available for different levels. I took the red trail which goes up to the summit of Diamond Hill, signposted as 2.5 hours strenuous. It was steep in sections but I managed it in just under 2 hours although I'm average fitness. Stunning views of surrounding mountains and water from the summit, but still excellent views half way up. Well marked and maintained trails, reasonably busy on a Tuesday. I was lucky enough to have sun but can imagine the rock steps at the top may get slippery when wet. The top part is a one-way system for safety.
Visited in perfect mid September weather. Clear as a bell. Views for ever. Well cared for with informative displays. Nice shorter walks. Well worth a detour.
This is a gorgeous National park in a beautiful area of County Galway. There is a variety of walks to go on, from the short-term Ennis Forest Walk to the longer Upper Diamond walk around and over the Mountain. A Tea room and Visitor Centre are open until 5.30pm with on location toilets and a kids Play park. Parking is also free. I'd highly recommend a visit on a good day - the views from the Bog Walk and especially the Upper Diamond are amazing!
Well laid out paths. I was there when the visitor center was closed, so I have no opinion on that. The view from the top is fantastic. The hike is not overly strenuous.
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