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Connemara National Park

With nearly 3,000 hectares of beautiful scenery, a trip to Connemara is not complete without a visit to Connemara National Park. Located near the village of Letterfrack and the famous Kylemore Abbey, this scenic area offers an insight into the unspoilt wilds of Connemara, and is one of only six National Parks in the Republic of Ireland. The picturesque landscape is made up of mountains, woodlands, heaths, bog lands and nature trails. A large number of wild bird species, such as the skylark, stonechats and peregrine falcons call this protected environment home. Other residents include red deer and Connemara ponies to name a few. 
The Visitor Centre was formerly a farm building which belonged to Letterfrack industrial school. Visitors to Connemara National Park Visitor Centre can learn more about the area, view exhibitions, and in the summer months, treat themselves to some light refreshments in the tea rooms. 
Connemara National Park has a number of walking trails and paths to suit every ability. The looped walk has gravelled footpaths and boardwalks, but many visitors come to climb the majestic Diamond Hill. Standing at 400m high Diamond Hill offers stunning views of not only the park, but in the distance, you can see the islands of Inishbofin, Inishturk and Inishshark, as well as Kylemore Abbey and the Twelve Bens mountain range. Both the looped walk and the Diamond Hill walk are very well signposted and begin on the same route, starting from the Visitor Centre and walking up a gentle slope before those completing the Diamond Hill climb veer off towards the mountain. The loop walk continues around allowing walkers to soak up the beautiful views of this unique area before returning to the Visitor Centre. 
After a day spent exploring Connemara National Park return to Ballynahinch Castle and relax and unwind in one of 48 beautifully appointed rooms. Located a 25 minute drive from Ballynahinch Castle.

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There are many beautiful attractions around Connemara National Park, including Kylemore Abbey which is located in the PArk's heart, as well as Sky Road, which takes you on a journey along the coast by Clifden.
Connemara National Park is a popular choice for a day out when visiting Connemara. It offers an insight into the unspoilt wilds of Connemara with mountains, woodlands, heaths, bog lands, walking trail and nature trails. The stunning landscape is one of only six national parks in the Republic of Ireland. The park is home to many wild bird species, red deer and Connemara ponies to name a few. There are a number of walks and trails suitable for all levels of ability in the connemara national park, the Ellis Wood Nature Trail those looking for a gentle stroll to the upper Diamond Hill walk for those more advanced walkers.
Connemara National Park has so many amazing activities that will leave you ready to relax and unwind in a luxury hotel. Ballynahinch offers exactly that with our stunning bedrooms that erupt with comfort.
A stay in Connemara is not complete without a trip to Connemara National Park. Many visitors to the park choose to take one of the looped walks, one of which is a hike to the top of Diamond Hill where they can take in the gorgeous views of the park and surrounding areas. Whilst there are no Connemara National Park hotels, there are many hotels in the surrounding area. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is in the heart of Connemara is located a short drive from Connemara National Park. The park and Ballynahinch have a shared history, they were both part of the Martin estate.
One of Connemara’s most popular attractions is the Connemara National Park. It offers an insight into the unspoilt wilds of Connemara and there is also a Visitor Centre can learn more about the area and view exhibitions. The visitor centre building was once a farm building which belonged to Letterfrack industrial school, now it is home to exhibitions, audio-visual shows, the first point for park information and the tea shop. Outside there are picnic benches to relax after a nice stroll or enjoy a picnic in the park.