Connemara National Park, Galway

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Connemara National Park encompasses diverse landscapes that include vast grasslands, dense woodlands, high mountain peaks, and swaths of bogs and heaths. Established in 1980, the park spans nearly 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) and contains several remnants of megalithic human civilizations, including 4,000-year-old tombs. A good pair of binoculars can open a window into the park's world of songbirds, which include meadow pipits, skylarks, chaffinches, robins, and wrens. You can begin your trek across the sprawling park at the visitor center, offering a brief introduction into the area's wildlife and geology. Guided nature walks, which depart from the center, cover rough and very boggy terrain, so dress appropriately if you choose to join in. Our Galway vacation planner makes visiting Connemara National Park and other Galway attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Unspoilt Wilderness, sheep wandering the road,letting you know who owns it..leisurely drives,mountainous landscapes on one side,seascapes on the other..magnificent colours ever changing with the light...  more »
  • Went up with our four children 12, 10, 8, and 5 walked all the way to the top and back lol worth the climb we all loved it!!! They have not stopped talking about it to their friends when we returned t...  more »
  • I was reluctant to go to Connemara National Park because I don't enjoy walks in the cold weather. I don't know if it was my lucky day or the scenery that made me overlook the weather... what a beautif...  more »

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Stay at the center of Ireland's "Most Irish City," Galway City, by booking a hotel or hostel near Eyre Square, from which all city sights are walkable. If you prefer accommodation with more character, stay at a charming guesthouse or bed and breakfast just outside of the center, or look for lodging in the city's Latin Quarter, a bohemian neighborhood lined with cafes, galleries, and pubs. If you want to explore Galway County, book accommodations in the city, since it's a tourism and transportation hub on the West Coast. If you prefer the quiet countryside, seek out small, family-owned guesthouses on the Aran Islands or a cottage on the Connemara Peninsula.
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