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“Breathtaking views over the islands and mountains”

Connemara National Park
Ranked #4 of 142 things to do in Galway
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 18 June 2011

Connemara National Park has been beautifully established with an interpretive vistor's center that tells all about the surrounding boglands, a very adequate soup and sandwich shop, and sanitary facilities. Best of all, the three loop walks are brilliant. The yellow walk is easy and short, the blue walk is intermediate and takes about 1.5 hours (3 km) and the third walk is a separate loop (3.5 km) that connects with the blue loop at about its half way point and goes up to the top of the mountain. The winds at the top can be fierce and the temperature difference from top to bottom is marked so be prepared with good clothing and shoes. The blue loop was moderate in exertion and with lovely views out over the islands Inishbofin and Inishark and the boglands. The views toward Clare Island and Achill and the twelve Bens from the top are magnificent. We went on a day when the winds were very light and the sun appeared between the clouds, and it was glorious.

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Reviewed 14 November 2010

with two small boys, the highlight of the park was the large playgound and it was completely free to get into. We brought a picnic and just bought coffees. The drive to the park from westport was absolutley stunning and we hope to return and try out some of the walks. The Interpretative centre also was really good with friendly staff and there was lovely clean toilets.

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Reviewed 13 November 2010

The hike up Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park turned out to be one of my favorite experiences while in Ireland, with scenery to rival anything I've seen anywhere. I did not find much information about the park in guide books, and I was a little unsure whether to allow time for the hike, but I was so, so glad we did. As other reviews have said, you can do the lower loop for a shorter hike or add the upper loop for a longer and steeper climb. I am in my late 50's and in good but not great condition, and I took 3 hours to make the entire climb, stopping many times to take photos and to eat a sandwich on the way down. If you like visiting National Parks and taking short, scenic hikes, I would absolutely include this one in any visit to Ireland. Check out the park's web site for a map of the trail.

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Reviewed 26 October 2010

We really enjoyed our visit to the Connemara National Park Visitors Center. The exihibits were very informative. We had a great time walking the trails and seeing the beautiful scenery that was all around. Being able to see some of the 12 Pin mountains was an added bonus. I highly recommend taking the time to stop in at this park and seeing another lovely area of Ireland.

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Reviewed 23 October 2010

As much as we enjoyed visiting the Ring of Kerry and seeing the rest of the scenic bounty that Ireland has to offer, our favorite part of our September 2010 trip to Ireland was driving the Connemara Loop near Clifden, County Galway. Seaside cliffs, towering mountains, sweeping inland valleys - this drive has it all. Without stopping, you could do it in about three hours. But with stops for photos, walks, a picnic, etc., plan for more. This was enormously scenic countryside.

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