The Connemara horizon is dominated by more than fifty magnificent mountains in four tightly packed ranges, the Twelve Bens, Maum Turks, Partry and Sheffrey. Diamond Hill in the Connemara National Park, with its wood and cut stone path, offers a very safe way to go hill-walking.
500 metres high, Diamond Hill rises above the small village of Letterfrack. This is one of the finest hikes in the country. It commands huge ocean, island and mountain views in all directions. From its sharp edge summit it looks down on Kylemore Abbey and deep into the Twelve Bens mountain range. On the slopes of the mountain are the remains of an abandoned 19th century farm and a megalithic tomb built by the first farmers of the area 5,000 years ago.
When you first see the park, watched over by its cone-shaped mountain, Diamond Hill, you will be impressed by its stunning beauty. Enjoy the picnic area, children’s playground and tea room, visit the exhibition on Connemara’s landscape, audiovisual show and Connemara ponies or take part in one of the July and August activities: Guided Nature Walks; History and Management of Connemara Ponies; Fun with Nature for Kids.
The Visitor Centre is open daily from March to October and the Park grounds are open all year round. Admission is free. Don’t forget to bring appropriate footwear and rainwear.
Tel: +353 (0)95 41323 / 41054
Connemara National Park September Activities
Diamond Hill Explorers Club – Sundays at 12noon
1st & 22nd September Furry, Woolley & Wild Beasts suitable for 5 to 12yrs
8th September Dig it Archaeology suitable for 5 to 12yrs
15th September Nature Crazy Camera Kids suitable for 5 to 12yrs
29th September Open your eyes to nature suitable for 5 to 12yrs
Walks –Saturdays at 11am
7th September Exploring Ellis Wood
14th September View Archaeology through new eyes in the park
21st September Wondering the Bog Road
28th September An Archaeological tour of the North East section of the park (not confirmed)
Walks – Sundays at 3pm
1st September View Archaeology through new eyes in the park
8th September Mammals of the Park
15th September An Archaeological tour of the western section of the park
22nd September Finding Flora & Fauna
29th September Walk through history with the notable people of Connemara
Talks – Saturday at 3pm
Sept 7th A Prehistoric Community on Garraunban Ridge Helen Riekstins
Sunday Sept 8th If the walls could speak – The history of an original Clifden House
Sept 14th Navigating the hills of Connemara Eamonn McLoughlin
Sept 21st Making your garden wildlife friendly Breandan O’Scanaill
All activities are free of charge.
Walking boots / rainwear required on all the walks.
Children’s activities are suitable for 5-10 years old.
Adult must remain with child at all times.