We could list thousands of reasons to travel to Ireland (its historical towns, its mythical pubs, its literary corners, its unique settings, its cliffs ...), but today we are going to focus on one reason: its impressive natural environment. Specifically, today we want to talk to you about one of the most beautiful national parks on the planet.
We are talking about Connemara National Park, called Páirc Naisiúnta Chonamara in Gaelic, a beautiful place located in the county of Galway, in the western part of the country. Do you want to know more about this beautiful corner of nature? Well, do not miss anything we tell you below!
Managed by the National Parks, Flora and Fauna Service
Connemara National Park, which was established as such in 1980, is managed by Ireland's National Park, Flora and Fauna Service, as are six other national parks in the country. It occupies about 2000 hectares, where you can find different landscapes of nature: swamps, meadows, forests, heaths and mountains of the most picturesque, some of which are part of the Twelve Bens mountain range.
This region is one of the best preserved in all of Ireland. But in addition to the important landscape heritage, we must highlight the historical and linguistic, since it is one of the areas of the country where Gaelic has been best preserved. In addition, you can see ancient structures, such as the megalithic tombs, which are more than 4,000 years old, the Tobar Mweeli well or a cemetery that dates back to the 19th century.
We must also talk about the architectural heritage of the Connemara National Park. And it is here that the Kylemoere Abbey is located, a spectacular building located in a valley by the lake that dates back to the 1960s. As you can see in the image, its gray color surprises, which stands out among the green from the mountains. In addition, inside you can find a recreation of what was the original home.
As for the vegetation, heaths and peat bogs predominate, although, as we have mentioned before, you can also see swamps, which are found in the lower areas. However, as the altitude, the driest landscapes prevail. On the other hand, it should be borne in mind that on the slopes of the mountains different types of heather, tree erica and brecina stand out.
Beyond the flora, the fauna that can be found in the park stands out, highlighting the large number of birds that the area hosts, especially in winter. Among other species, the Meadow Pipit, the Common Stonechat, the Lark, the Kinglet, the Finch, the Robin, Kestrel, Falcons, Merlin, European Thrush, Starling or Song Thrush stand out. In addition, many more animals can be seen, such as rabbits, foxes, badgers, field mice, stoats, shrews, bats or the Connemara pony.
Although the park is open all year, the Information Center only opens its doors from March to October. Of course, it is possible to organize excursions for groups, especially for schools, at any time of the year. The truth is that it is worth going when the center is open, since it has a lot of services for visitors: 3D exhibitions, other audiovisual projections, picnic areas, tea room, presentations, summer activities, information on heritage , trails and natural routes ...
Then we leave you with our Gallery, where you can discover more images of this beautiful Irish national park. Do not miss it!
Connemara National Park. The beautiful scenery of Ireland in 4K (January 2022)
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