Living in Galway City on the West Coast of Ireland means that Connemara and all its spectacular beauty is close enough for impromptu sunny day visits, and Sunday just past was just one of those sunny days. Keeping with our walking theme, since we are on a healthy kick in our household, we decided to visit Diamond Hill Connemara National Park.
Connemara National Park is situated in Letterfrack, which is approximately an hour and a half drive from Galway city through scenic Connemara. Diamond Hill is in the parklands and has three walks running throughout at various lengths to suit everyone, the longest being just under 7 km if you combine the upper and lower Diamond Hill walks.
The park also has a visitor’s centre, picnic areas, a tearoom and a children’s playground, perfect for a full-day visit. Parking and entry to the park are free, which is great, but it can be busy, especially during the summer months.
We packed a picnic and headed out early in the morning. The sun was shining, a balmy 17 degrees, just perfect for walking.
We strolled up the bog road, passing the bog cotton with Diamond Hill in our view. At the centre of the lower Diamond Hill walk, the path branches off towards the Upper Diamond Hill section, where the views are absolutely breathtaking, particularly on a clear sunny day.
Taking our time, we sat at various points of the path to eat and drink whilst taking in the view before returning to the Lower Diamond path and heading back to the car.
In all, the walk and small breaks took an hour and a half. I enjoyed it so much I could have done it all again. For more information, visit Connemara’s Nation Park website click here.