Connemara National Park, County Galway
Connemara National Park is situated in the west of Ireland in County Galway and covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park’s mountains, namely Benbaun, Bencullagh, Benbrack and Muckanaght, are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range which are a dominant feature of the Connemara countryside.
There is a lot of history evident throughout the park and much of the present Park lands formed part of the Kylemore Abbey Estate. The Visitor Centre buildings were formerly the farm buildings belonging to Letterfrack Industrial School, and the Park Office was the school infirmary which was erected around 1890. Many remains of human presence can be seen in the Park which shows evidence of a greater population. The oldest are megalithic court tombs some 4,000 years old. There is also an early 19th Century graveyard about which little is known. Also of that period is Tobar Mweelin, a well which was tapped to supply water to Kylemore Castle around 1870 and is still in use today.
There are three main walking routes throughout the park each one offering spectacular scenery and wildlife with every step. During the summer months, the visitor centre offers an audio visual exhibition on the Connemara Landscape and with some lovely picnic areas, nature trails, children's playground and tearooms, Connemara National Park is a must see for its nature and beauty.
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