Explore the Connemara national park the right way with a hike up the impressive Diamond Hill. An isolated peak the hill is left alone to stand with views over out at the Twelve Bens to one side, Kylemore Abbey on the other and views out onto Connemara’s wild landscape.
The National park stands over 200 hectares with mountains, bogs, heaths and woodlands. Opened in 1980 the park is a popular place to escape the hustle and bustle and be truly in the wild. Campsites are nowhere to be seen however people experiencing multi day trips are permitted and wild camping is allowed as long certain rules are kept. For a full list please visit the National Parks website.
Before you hike at the main car park your find a visitor center with lots of information on the hike and surrounding areas, cafe as well as amenities.
Diamond Hill is the perfect hiking spot for all with a selection of tracks with different distances and difficulties to suit all needs. The hill has 4 tracks green, yellow, blue and red with the latter being the only one that hits the summit.
The green track is the most suitable for families at only 0.5km the tracks are fully graveled and the end has a children’s play area.
Yellow is longer at 1.5km and again with great paths. still very easy conditions and a suitable track for all.
Those who want some views but don’t feel able to do the full summit loop the blue is for you. At 3km general fitness is required and it’s not really suitable for very young children but its a good rewarding loop walk.
Those who want the full monty and those spectacular Connemara views hit the red track. At 6.8 km this track takes you on a full loop over the summit of Diamond Hill and back down the other side. Giving you views of Kylemore Abbey, 12 Bens and out as far as the eye can see over the atlantic ocean.
With Diamond Hills location and wildness it’s a great idea to be prepared, after all this is located close to Ireland’s Atlantic coast and is one of the wildest areas in Ireland. Check weather reports prior ideally a clear day is hoped for as the isolation leaves you open to high winds etc. Make sure you bring solid hiking shoes and warm clothes preferably waterproof. Always pack some food and a drink whenever your hiking anywhere in the wild. And most importantly enjoy the hike.
Located in the heart of the Connemara national park just out of the small village of Letterfrack in the nortern end of Connemara, A short 20 minute drive from the town of Clifden and even shorter drive to one of Ireland’s most instagramable buildings Kylemore Abbey and gardens. Diamond Hill is easily accessed by road from both Galway and Westport. Knock airport is one and a half hours away to the east.