Connemara National Park’s 11.4 square miles (29.6 sq km) run the gamut in variety of terrain from bogs, heath, grassland and glens to the heights of the Twelve Bens mountains (Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanacht). The mountains are composed of quartzite and schist metamorphic rocks.
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Heavy rainfall feeds the Glanmore valley’s Polladirk river, which winds its way through a deep gorge in the center of the park.
Vegetation of the wet heath and blanket bog includes carnivorous plants and purple moor grass. Heather brings colour to the mountains.
Birds of the park include skylarks, robins, wrens, kestrels, merlin and meadow pipits. Red deer and Connemara ponies frequent the area.
For detailed information on the park, walks available and an av presentation, visit the visitor centre at Letterfrack, Galway. Letterfrack, overlooked by Diamond Hill, was settled by Quakers in the 19th century.
Connemara National Park is located in western Ireland. It is open from May to the end of September.
Website: Connemara National Park
Connemara Visitor Centre
On the N59
Tel. 0 95 41054
coffee shop; exhibition; AV presentation; car park; picnic areas; self-guided trails
Photos courtesy Geograph Britain and Ireland as follows:
Diamond Hill by Dr. Charles Nelson; summit of Diamond Hill by Peter Allen; Visitor Centre by Graham Horn