Beautiful sightseeing opportunities draw many visitors to west Galway’s Connemara region.
If you are a keen walker, beach fan or simply enjoy taking in varied scenery, a road trip to this stunning area is worth your while. You can choose to spend time climbing craggy mountains, or spotting wild animals in one of Ireland’s exceptional national parks. Further walks can be taken in the magical Joyce Country, while coastal enclaves beckon with stretching, sandy beaches bordered by crashing Atlantic waves on the region’s borders.
Whether you wish to visit all these sites or concentrate on a particular area, much time can be spent exploring the beautiful locations. If you are driving to this part of Galway, you should carry out vehicle checks and ensure your car has motor insurance should you need to contact policy providers during the course of your journey. The Twelve Pins or Twelve Bens is one of the dominating features of Connemara.
The peaks make up a beautiful mountain range that looks out across Ireland. Although there are several summits to reach, you do not have to be an expert in climbing to tackle them. In fact energy and dedication sees many enthusiastic walkers hiking across the entire range in one day. Summits soar from 400 metres to 729 metres, with the highest called Benbaun.
More of the impressive landscape can be enjoyed at Connemara National Park, which is located close to the mountain range. Here, the foothills turn into heathland that is dotted with purple moor grass and heathers, bringing varied colours to the location. As well as a great selection of plant life, the local wildlife is likely to capture your attention.
Native ponies and red deer can be seen at times in their natural habitat. It is possible to enjoy the fresh air even more by taking part in some activities that are regularly scheduled in the park, such as horse riding. Moving further in to County Galway, is the spectacular Joyce Country that is a walker’s paradise. Named after Welsh immigrants who made their name and fortune in Ireland, this stunning area is located close to Lough Mask.
Green valleys, sparkling water courses and mountain peaks combine to create an enchanting walking experience. For spectacular sea views, the county’s coastal area beckons, and you may like to squeeze in a visit to Ireland’s only Fjord at Killary Harbour. This broad stretch of water forms a barrier between Galway and County Mayo, and shows the great impact glaciers had on the landscape.