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.

Wild goats in the Connemara National Park
Wild goats in the Connemara National Park

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

Breandan O’Scanaill

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.