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
95% of people who visit Galway include Connemara National Park in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
66.42% of people start their Connemara National Park visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 6 Hrs to see Connemara National Park
94.31% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Connemara National Park
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Connemara National Park, Galway Reviews
Hiking in the Connemara National Park was amazing! We hiked multiple days in both sunny and inclement weather and loved every minute of it! The weather was cool and lovely without too many visitors on the higher reaches. The view from the top of the mountain was breathtaking encompassing both the coastline and upland meadows.
The Diamond Loop Trail was the best hike we did while in Ireland (I am writing this 36hrs before leaving and already spent 7 days around the country). The trail was remote but busy, challenging but worth it, it was gratifying. The weather changes fast so take a good pair of hiking shoes and a rain jacket. It’s pretty self explanatory for which general direction to go but when climbing up it was hard to tell which rocky path was taking you the safe and continuous way up. If looking at the mountain from below we went up the left side and down the right side. It was steeper on the way up and gradual on the way down.
Free entry and parking, this national park offers treaks for all levels, blue route for beginners, yellow for intermediate and red for advanced. I would recommend the Yellow one. The blue dose not offer any nice views. The red one is substantially hard and does not offer any better views than the Yellow.
Beautiful views but please do yourself a favor and wear hiking shoes with adequate support unless you are used to rock climbing. There is a nicely laid path but it still can frequently get slippery and can lose your footing easily on wet stone. On our trip we saw many sheep, lambs, frogs and spiders. Saw an unusual figure galloping over a stream about a kilometer away, fairly certain it was an Alpaca. Connemara ponies were only seen in the pasture at the start of the trail. If you're in fairly decent shape, you can make the full trek to Diamond Hill and back. Take as many breaks as you need on the way up, because the view is incredible!
Beautiful drive alone the Wild Atlantic Way (my favorite place in the world). Rick Steves’ Ireland guide has a great driving loop through it - highly recommend. Poignant at times (like the famine memorial), but always gorgeous.
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