Connemara National ParkCurrently Open
- Address: Letterfrack, Co. Galway, Ireland
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +353-9541054
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 06:00 Hrs
- Tags: National Park, Hiking Trail, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot
Connemara National Park - Review
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
93.57% of people who visit Galway include Connemara National Park in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
72.34% of people start their Connemara National Park visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 6 Hrs to see Connemara National Park
93.23% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Connemara National Park
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Connemara National Park, Galway Reviews
I did the entire trail to the peak and it was absolutely incredible, nice challenging points around the top. Awe inspiring views every couple steps as the rain clouds approached and disappeared. I was suggest taking it easy as I raced up and down, enjoy the moments this glorious space provides.
There are few places in Ireland comparable to Connemara. It’s got everything that is beautiful about Irish landscapes; hills, lakes, coast, mountains, rivers and miles of grassland. Basically untouched. The walks here are stunning and theres so many beautiful pieces of history to see out this direction such a Kylemore Abbey. Might seem out of the way but you won’t be disappointed.
Absolutely beautiful part of Ireland. Not a difficult climb as there is a path to the top. Most important to me dogs are allowed. Just keep them on a lead.
Some amazing views at this place. Highly recommended for nature lovers. Hard to find better nature examples in Ireland of this type.
A very nice piece of Ireland if it is not very bad weather. Unfortunately we had some bad luck and the way to the Diamond Hill was very tedious and the view does not exist. Still, it was exciting. Best return the next day in fair weather.