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Where are the best National Parks along the west of Ireland?

Where are the best National Parks along the west of Ireland?

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Ireland is covered head to toe with gorgeous green landscapes and our National Parks boasts the best of the best.

Starting in the southwest in County Kerry you’ll find Killarney National Park, Ireland’s oldest national park, formed in 1932. Explore the woodlands by foot or bike where you’ll come across gorgeous lakes, majestic peaks and picturesque waterfalls such as, the famous Torc Waterfall. And be sure to visit the late 19th century Muckross House and Gardens in the centre of the park to admire its beautiful architecture and charming nature trails.

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As you make your way up to County Clare, take in the unusual limestone landscape of the Burren National Park. If you’ve ever dreamed of walking on the moon, this lunar-like land feels close enough! Although, unlike the moon, the Burren is internationally famous for its abundance of flora, with 70% of Ireland’s native plants found here. Enjoy a guided walk of the Burren guided walks for  fascinating insights into the area’s wildlife and curious geology. Prefer to go it alone? Set off on your own exploration on one of the seven walking trails.

If you’re ever looking for a snapshot that encompasses Ireland’s raw beauty, it has to be Connemara National Park in County Galway. Take in green fields, bogs and woodlands, all set in the dramatic backdrop of majestic mountains, including the famous Twelve Ben mountain range.

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The most recent addition to the list of Ireland’s National Parks is Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park in County Mayo. The park comprises 15,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, making a unique habitat for a diverse variety of wildlife. Take on one of the popular walking trails through the park to marvel at the panoramic views of Achill Island and the Nephin Beg mountain range. And when the sun sets, the Mayo Dark Sky Park just outside the border of the park is the place to be for spectacular views of the night sky full of twinkling stars. 

Do any of our Community members have a favourite trail in one of these National Parks they’d like to recommend?

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