Connemara National Park never lets you down. It consistently provides stunning landscapes, hiking trails, a playground for both big kids and little ones, a selection of Connemara pony’s and most importantly epic photo opportunities for friends and family. In spring, we brought Alex’s parents who were over from Amsterdam for a visit.
We made the mistake of grabbing some food at the café at the visitors centre. I would advise skipping it and bringing your own picnic.
Connemara National Park Diamond Hill Trail
From the visitors centre we steadily climbed upward along Sruffaunboy Walk. Stopping momentarily to catch our breath and enjoy the spectacular view at the “halfway stone”. The silver-grey bay weaved through the inlets and islands until it disappeared into the mist at the horizon. Tully Mountain stood proud over the harbour.
Taking a break to enjoy the view
We kept climbing up the stepped quartzite slopes. Taking breaks for Mario to rest and for us to absorb the surrounding scenery. The light was constantly changing at this stage with shadows and spotlights racing across the fields below.
There were some other groups on the walk that passed us by. A few families, some American tourists and the odd couple. As it was early in the year, however, we were left largely left on our own with just the nature to accompany us.
The boardwalks were a welcome relief from the rough terrain and made it easier to navigate the boggy wetlands. At some points it looked as though it was directing you to a steep cliff of no return.
Reaching the summit of Diamond Hill
Watching Mario’s delight at reaching the summit made us all smile. I have to say at age 75 it is quite an impressive accomplishment. There is just no stopping Mario. I hope I have half his energy and lust for life when I get to his age. An inspiration for all of us.
Past the summit you could see a glimpse of Kylemore Abbey and Pollacapall Lough in the far distance. On our descent the mist rolled in an it muted our view. A flock of sheep and the odd goat kept us company and while they munched mindlessly on the scrub.
If you happen to be in this part of the world it is don’t miss out on a visit. The Diamond Hill walk is around 2-3 hours but there are other less strenuous routes you can take if you don’t quite have Mario’s stamina.