Connemara National Park, Galway
About Connemara National Park, Galway
Connemara National Park, Galway - Address, Phone Number
Address: Letterfrack, Co. Galway, Ireland
Time Required: 06:00 Hrs
Timings: 24-hrs Details
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National Park, Hiking Trail, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot
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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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On a good weather day this is a great outing. There are nice scenic trails and you can choose which one you want to do depending on time availability and fitness. Only thing is you should have some insect repellent on you. We had hard time without insect repellent crossing the lower diamond hill trail.
Amazing views and scenic trails. Lots of animals on the road there so be careful while driving. Didn't get to see everything we would have liked because we didn't budget enough time.
Such a beautiful place! Definitely take a late afternoon drive and if you have the time I'm sure a hike would be worth it! We drove the purple trail which was so worth it! Sheep everywhere but so neat to see up close and walking around!
Climbing upper Diamond Hill was tough for me, but I'm not in particularly good shape. I'd say the view is worth getting in shape for. Unforgettable.
great place for a long hike. reaching the top was more difficult than expected but that made it all the more satisfying
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