Connemara National Park

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Connemara National Park information

Location
Letterfrack & Around , Ireland
Address
off N59
More information
www.connemaranationalpark.ie
Prices
admission free
Opening hours
visitor centre 9am-5.30pm Mar-Oct, park always open
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Immediately southeast of Letterfrack, Connemara National Park spans 2000 dramatic hectares of bog, mountain and heath. The visitor centre is in a beautiful setting off a parking area 300m south of the Letterfrack crossroads.

The park encloses a number of the Twelve Bens , including Bencullagh, Benbrack and Benbaun. The heart of the park is Gleann Mór (Big Glen), through which the River Polladirk flows. There's fine walking up the glen and over the surrounding mountains. There are also short, self-guided walks and, if the Bens look too daunting, you can hike up Diamond Hill nearby.

The visitor centre offers an introduction to the park's flora, fauna and geology, and visitors can scrutinise maps and various trails here before heading out into the park. Various types of flora and fauna native to the area are explained, including the Mothra-sized elephant hawkmoth. There is a tearoom.

Guided nature walks depart from the visitor centre several days a week. They last two to three hours and cover rough, boggy terrain.