Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,000 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Connemara National Park was established and opened to the public in 1980.
Much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate and the Letterfrack Industrial School, the remainder having been owned by private individuals. The southern part of the Park was at one time owned by Richard (Humanity Dick) Martin who helped to form the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals during the early 19th century. The Park lands are now wholly owned by the State and managed solely for National Park purpose.
Facilities include an audio-visual show and photographic display of Connemara scenery. There are picnic facilities, nature trails and a summer series of walks and illustrated talks.
Connemara National Park is open to the public all year round.
The visitor Center situated near Letterfrack is open daily:
Apr-May 10am - 5:30pm
June 10am - 6:30pm
July-Aug 9:30am - 6:30pm
Sept - Mid Oct 10am - 5:30pm.
Last admission 45 minutes before closing.
Apart from the spectacular views one of the best things about Connemara National Park is that its Free!
| Connemara National Park is less than 40 minutes drive from Peacockes Hotel|| |