Hiking in Connemara National Park
If you are looking for some of the best places to explore with your favourite dog, Connemara National Park is your spot. Located in County Galway, this National Park is the change of scene you may need.
There are 4 official walks within the park ranging from easy to strenuous. If you are an experienced hiker with map and compass skills, these mountains are your playground. With a mixture of terrains including bogs and wet grasslands to exposed bedrock and scree, anyone walking should be well prepared for a challenge.
An easy-to-moderate walk to do a bit of dog walking with your best friend is the Lower Diamond Hill (Blue Route) Trail. It starts from the Visitor Centre and makes its way towards Diamond Hill, where it will reach the highest point at Big Walk. From there, you will follow the blue areas back toward the Visitor Centre.
- How long does it take to complete the Lower Diamond Hill (Blue Route) Trail?
- This 3 km loop walk takes just under 1 hour to complete. During the walk, you will stay mostly on an old bog road, cross a boardwalk, and have a 90m ascent where you will have great views of the Atlantic Ocean and Diamond Hill.
- Where is the best place to park for hiking Connemara National Park?
- There is a large parking lot at the Visitor Centre located close to Letterfrack Village where you will be able to access each trail.
- How difficult is the Lower Diamond Hill Trail?
- The Lower Diamond Hill Trail is an easy walk to enjoy with your best dog.
- Are dogs allowed within Connemara National Park?
- Yes, dogs will receive a warm welcome at Connemara National Park and pet owners are asked to make sure they are kept on a lead.
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