Petit Futé's opinion on CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK
It is hard to miss the mythical Connemara National Park, one of Ireland's most beautiful natural parks. Created in 1980, it covers over 2,000 hectares of peatlands, mountains, lakes, lanterns, and houses some of Ireland's highest mountains named «Twelve Bens». The territory now covered by the park corresponds largely to the old areas of Kylemore Abbey. Visitors from all over the world visit all seasons to discover this spectacular territory, also known for its wild fauna and flora. In addition to the many birds (red gorges, troglodytes, grills, etc.), you can see foxes, hermines and, for the luckiest, the famous poney of Connemara. Remains of the human presence, such as the 4,000-year-old megalithic tombs or the remains of the old road leading to Galway, will also make your discovery.
Visitor Center. The visitor reception center near Letterfrack offers exhibitions on the surrounding natural environment, with numerous information panels on bog (bog), their training and the human activity surrounding them. The staff is friendly and answer all your questions, such as itinerary markup or duration of excursions. In July and August, free guided walks are organized by the park staff. Also on site, a tea room to eat a piece.
Face to nature. Four well-designed and marked hiking routes, all from the reception center, make it possible to safely discover this beautiful site.
- Ellis Wood Nature Trail: easy loop of 0.5 km along a sub-wood near a small waterfall.
- Sruffaunboy Walk: 1.5 km course easy to do with children, even young.
- Lower Diamond Hill Walk: This 3 km route offers beautiful views of the Renvyle Peninsula.
- Upper Diamond Hill Walk: a 7 km trail to drive to the summit of the Diamond Hill (a mountain of 445 meters high; a slightly steep rise), from which we have beautiful views (count 3 hours). Just extraordinary in a clear time.
Information on CONNEMARA NATIONAL PARK
Visitor Centre and Tea Room: open every day, from March to October, from 9am to 5.30pm, free admission. The park is freely accessible all year.
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