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“Connemara is a state of light. Of fluent sky, flayed rock and flowering bog. Of storied lake and inlet and deep song. Of wind and wild.”



Listen to nature’s voice

Welcome to Connemara
National Park

Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands in County Galway. Some of the National Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range.

Opened to the public in 1980, the National Park includes lands that once formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate, the Letterfrack Industrial School, and the private property of Richard ‘Humanity Dick’ Martin, who helped to form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Learn more about our walking trails, unique habitats and our beautiful flora and fauna.

Boundary Map of
Connemara National Park

Connemara Boundary Map


2,000 ha


002031 / 002034

Location in Co.Galway

Location in Co.Galway


  • Parking
  • Lake
  • River
  • N59
  • Mountain Peak
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Visitor Centre
  • Park Boundary

This map is for illustrative purposes only and shall not be held conclusive as to the boundaries or their extent. Please note the Department of Housing Local Government and Heritage makes no representation or provides any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or currency of this map. The use of this map, which may be altered or updated at any tiome without notice, is at the sole risk of the user.

Picks of the Park

Heritage Breeds


Find out more about our conservation projects, as we help maintain and grow heritage breeds within the park, such as the renowned Connemara pony.

heritage breeds

Diamond Hill Walks


One of the highlights of the National Park is reaching the summit of Diamond Hill for panoramic views of Tully Mountain (known locally as Letter Hill), Kylemore Abbey and the Twelve Bens.


Self-guided Tree Trail


Explore and discover the various tree species that can be found in Connemara National Park.

TREE trail

Protect Nature

Thank you for helping us protect the habitats and wildlife of Connemara National Park. When you enjoy responsible outdoor recreation here, you help us preserve the Connemara wilderness and everything that makes it unique.

Useful Tips

Plan Ahead

Think about the best time to visit and how you’ll travel here, to minimise your environmental impact. Check the weather and make sure you have everything you need to bring.

Be Considerate

Be aware of how your activities and behaviour can impact nature, the experience of other visitors and those working here. Be mindful of any noise you make and how you interact with others along the way.

Respect Wildlife

Dogs are very welcome but must stay on the lead. If you can, avoid sensitive times for wildlife nesting and breeding.

Travel and Camp on Durable Ground

The marked trails let you take in all the best parts of the Connemara wilderness. Only experienced hikers should venture into the hills. Wild camping is only permitted within the more remote parts of Connemara National Park: review the guidelines here.

Leave What You Find

Do take photographs of the landscape and plants, but please leave even the smallest details untouched, so others can enjoy the Connemara wilderness just as you did.

Dispose of Waste Properly

Litter is a huge threat to nature. By bringing your waste home, you help protect the park and its wildlife, and keep the Connemara National Park healthy.

Minimise the effect of fire

We don’t allow fires of any kind in Connemara National Park. Fires can cause lasting impacts and devastate plants and animals. Talk to our National Park Guides if you need advice, and check our Wild Camping guide for details.

– Visitor Centre
– Café
– Toilets
– Playground
– Picnic areas
– Education Centre

National Park

Year round


National Park Visitor Centre


Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day

National Park Visitor Centre

Please ensure you check weather conditions before visiting the National Park. The grounds will be closed during orange and red weather warnings.

Getting here

OPEN: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

The National Park with Visitor Centre in the distance

The Visitor Centre and main access for Connemara National Park is located near the village of Letterfrack along the N59. Entry to the park and visitor centre is free of charge. There is no charge for parking.

The National Park Visitor Centre is accessible by both public and private transport. There is no entry fee.

from GALWAY ~ 93km (VIA CLIFDEN)

Travel along the N59 to Clifden and then follow the directions above for travel from Clifden to Letterfrack.

from clifden ~ 15km

Take the N59 (Westport Road) towards Letterfrack. Before entering the village of Letterfrack you will see a sign for the National Park on the right hand side of the road. Turn right here and follow the road to the car park.

from LEENANE ~ 20km

Follow the N59 (Leenane Road) towards Leenane, remain on the N59 to Letterfrack. 200 metres after the village you will find the main entrance for the National Park on your left hand side. Follow the road to the car park.


Travel along the N59 to Recess. Just after the village of Recess take the first turn on your right to travel down the Inagh Valley. At the end of this road turn left for Letterfrack. This is the Letterfrack-Leenane Road. Continue through Letterfrack and approximately 200 metres from the village your will find the main entrance to the National Park.

from WESTPORT ~ 53km

Follow the N59 (Leenane Road) towards Leenane, remain on the N59 to Letterfrack. 200 metres after the village you will find the main entrance for the National Park on your left hand side. Follow the road to the car park.

Bus services for Letterfrack operate from Clifden and Galway.

Bus Éireann – to letterfrack

from clifden & galway See Route No.419 for timetable details:


citylink – to letterfrack

from clifden & galway See Route No.923 for timetable details:

citylink – 923

from westport

See Route No.423 for timetable details:


News & Notices

Rambling Ravens Children’s Activities

15 July 2024

Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2.30pm for our Rambling Ravens Children’s Activities. Activities suitable for children aged 7 years and over. No booking required but places are limited. Adult must accompany child/children at all times.
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Summer Evening Lectures

3 July 2024

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this evening’s lecture has been cancelled. The Summer Evening Lecture series will now begin next Wednesday, 10th July at 7pm, with Anne Chambers and her lecture “Grace O’Malley, the Woman behind the Pirate Queen”.
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Summer Evening Lecture Series at Connemara National Park

2 July 2024

Join us on Wednesday Evenings in the AV Theatre at 7pm during July and August for our Evening Lecture Series. 3rd July “Life on Machair – Ireland’s rare coastal landscape and the life it supports” – Eithne Davis 10th July “Grace O’Malley, the Woman behind the Pirate Queen” – Anne Chambers 17th July “The Victorian
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