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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.”

 

MICHAEL COADY

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

Area

2,000 ha

S.P.A:

002031 / 002034

Location in Co.Galway

Location in Co.Galway

Legend

  • 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

NATURE AND CONSERVATION


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

WALKING AND HIKING


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.

WALKING & HIKING

Self-guided Tree Trail

THINGS TO DO


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

OPEN:
Year round

ADMISSION:
Free

National Park Visitor Centre

OPEN:
9:00am–5:30pm

CLOSURES:
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

VISITOR CENTRE
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.

from GALWAY ~ 82km (VIA INAGH VALLEY)

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:

BUS ÉIREANN – 419

citylink – to letterfrack

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

citylink – 923

from westport

See Route No.423 for timetable details:

BUS ÉIREANN – 423

News & Notices


Hungry Hiker Café – Re-opening 31st of January

30 January 2023


We are delighted to announce that the Hungry Hiker Café will reopen tomorrow (Tuesday 31st). Perfect timing to coincide with our Brigid’s Cross workshops, which will also be held tomorrow (https://www.nationalparks.ie/connemara/brigids-cross-free-workshop-on-january-31st/).
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Brigid’s Cross Free Workshop on January 31st

28 January 2023


Have you ever wanted to learn how to make a Brigid’s Cross? Forgotten how? Why not join us at Connemara National Park on Tuesday 31st to learn how. We will run two workshops 11.30 to 12.30 and 14.30 to 15.30. All are welcome to this free workshop. We hope to see you there! #connemaranationalpark #connnemara
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Hungry Hiker Café Temporary Closure

14 January 2023


***UPDATE*** The reopening date for the Hungry Hiker Café is yet to be confirmed due to unforeseen circumstances. Place check back here for opening date before planning a visit. Apologies for any inconvenience. *** We would like to advise visitors that due to essential maintenance works the Hungry Hiker Café will be temporarily closed from
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