Connemara National Park consists of four overlapping trails. These trails can all be linked into a fairly easy half day hike.
The lower elevation Ellis Wood Nature Trail, Sruffaunboy Walk, and Lower Diamond Hill Walk are easy, well defined, wide gravel paths. The Upper Diamond Hill Walk is slightly more scrambly and strenuous, but rewards you with a magnificent view for your efforts.
We began our day by walking down the Bog Road from the visitor center.
This portion of the park consists of wide gravel paths and boardwalks leading through the boglands of Connemara National Park.
It was a nice relaxing stroll, but wasn’t overly exciting.
Upon reaching the junction to the Upper Diamond Hill trail an easy 1.5 km from the Visitor Center we finally got a clear look at Connemara’s main attraction, Diamond Hill.
The trail slowly gains elevation as it approaches the base of the hill. Looking back you get a fantastic view of Tullycross Mountain.
From the base of Diamond Hill the ascent becomes more interesting and strenuous.
With each step the views become more grand.
We continued following the rough stone steps towards the top.
After a fairly short climb you reach the top of the ridge. From here the trail continues along the narrow ridge towards the summit.
Amazing views surround you.
After a quick jaunt down the flat ridge you will reach the pile of boulders marking the summit of Diamond Hill. We scurried up to enjoy a panoramic view of our surroundings.
Looking back you get one final view of Tullycross Mountain, Tullycross town, and the entire coast line.
To the North East lies Kylemore Abbey and Kylemore Lough.
To the South lies an impressive expanse of Mountains.
After taking in the sights we began descending down the Southern side of Diamond Hill.
From there we made our way back to the Lower Diamond Hill Walk loop and the Visitor Center.