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Parks & nature in Connaught

Park
“Visit our National Park and climb "the Diamond" as us locals call it. There is a path up the mountain and over bogs making it very accessible even to children. You'll feel like a million dollars when you reach the top!”
79 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“The Cliffs of Moher on the Wild Atlantic Way is one of Ireland's top tourist attractions, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and Irish coastline. A must see. Easy day trip at 1 hour 45 mins from The Calves Field”
70 locals recommend
Garden
“At Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, there is so much for all the family to enjoy. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about its history of tragedy, romance, education, innovation, and spirituality. Explore the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden with its delightfully restored garden buildings. Discover woodland and lakeshore walks that will take you on a beautiful journey through our 1,000-acre estate. The beautiful Gothic Church is a short walk from the Abbey, nestled nearby is the Mausoleum where Mitchell and Margaret Henry are buried side by side. Children will enjoy making a wish at the Giants Ironing stone. With great options for dining and shopping, we have all you need for the perfect Connemara day out.”
44 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“The Visitor Centre in Corrofin has a great exhibit on the natural history of the Burren and from here you can get a shuttle bus into the National Park. The centre also has lots of information on walking routes in the park and the shuttle bus links to the walks.”
68 locals recommend
Cave
“The Aillwee Cave is one of the many caves beneath the Burren. It was formed by glacial melt waters that seeped through the cracks in the limestone pavement during an early ice-age. It is the oldest cave in the Burren at 1.5 million years old, and boasts some of the most spectacular stalactites and stalagmites in Ireland . The powerful flow of these melt waters eroded through the rock, forming a subterranean river. Since the last ice-age, this river has subsided, leaving in its place one of Ireland ’s most spectacular caves. The largest area in the cave is known as The Highway, which is located at the centre of the cave. The cave was inhabited by animals for thousands of years before it was discovered by man. Hibernation pits dug out by bears were found in the cave, as well as bones of a brown bear. Bears are no longer found in Ireland , and have been extinct here for over 1,000 years. ”
41 locals recommend
Perfume Shop
“We make perfumes and cosmetics using natural and organic ingredients. We take our inspiration from the landscape around us. Everything is made by hand, on site, in the Burren. We have a free audiovisual presentation on the flora and fauna of the Burren for you to enjoy when you visit. Relax in the rose-covered Tea Rooms, which serve a mouth watering selection of organic cakes, scones and pies. Homemade soups with freshly baked bread, selections of local cheeses and salads all made with organic vegetables... ”
44 locals recommend
Cave
“Marble Arch Caves and Global Geopark. A guided 75 walk through one of Europes Exquiste show caves. There is an ongoing programme of events that take place in the Geopark - Fossil fun days, heritage trails, guided walks and scavenger hunts.”
19 locals recommend
Hotel
“Beautiful old landmark in Westport worth a visit ,Lovely for children pirate park adventure games ”
21 locals recommend
Park
“The heritage town of Gort can be found in south County Galway, about 37km south of Galway city on the N18. Just outside the town of Gort, is where you’ll find the beautiful Coole Park, formerly the estate of Lady Gregory but now a 1,000 acre nature reserve. Coole Park estate was once the home of Lady Augusta Gregory who was pivotal to the Irish literary revival and was co-founder of the Abbey Theatre. Coole House was a focal point for many meetings about Irish literature which were attended by George Bernard Shaw, J.M. Synge, Sean O Casey and William Butler Yeats. Coole Park was often referred to in stories and poems eg. W.B Yeats was so inspired by the beauty and tranquillity here that he wrote a poem called “The Wild Swans at Coole”.The most unique features of Coole Park are the turloughs (seasonal lakes or also called disappearing lakes) which are said to be the best examples of turloughs in the world. The park is situated on a low lying karst area of land and due to this the park has been designated a Special Area of Conservation. As you stroll around Coole Park you’ll see different types of animals and mammals in their natural environments. Coole Park is also an important sanctuary for birds especially winter waterfowl. At Coole Park you’ll also find a very informative and educational Visitor’s Centre, which is well worth a visit. Here you can see audio-visual presentations about Lady Gregory herself and you’ll also see some exhibitions telling the story and history of Coole Park. The park is open all year round and there is free admission to the grounds, so it’s a great day out for the family. There’s also a restaurant on site if you want to enjoy a wide selection of traditional Irish dishes. ”
30 locals recommend
Scenic Viewpoint
“No matter what the weather is like the waterfall will not disappoint, very dramatic after heavy rain. Also enjoy a lovely coffee or warming bowl of soup in the café.”
13 locals recommend
Cave
“The award-winning Doolin Cave and visitor centre is home to the Great Stalactite. At 7.3 metres (23feet) it is the longest free-hanging stalactite in Europe. The Great Stalactite, suspended from the ceiling like a chandelier, is truly astounding. www.doolincave.ie/”
25 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Full evidence of communities living 5-6 thousand years ago. Architecturally Centre is similar to the Glass Triangle in the Louvre in Paris, this version rises out of the bog. Very good interpretive centre., great guided tours of the site. Fabulous drive to and from Westport”
16 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Barna Woods (moss covered), mixed broadleaf woodland and last natural Oaks growing in West of Ireland, few min.walk from truly beautiful Silverstrand Blue Flag Beach on Galway/Barna boundaries.”
19 locals recommend
Park
“Closest National park/visitor centre (50mins drive) This is ideal for experienced walkers looking for a challenge, & complete wilderness ! It is one of the largest national parks. There is now a free bus service !!! so that You could walk all day accross to another side of the park and get a return bus back to the visitor centre. (Full details on their website)”
9 locals recommend
Trail
“Perfect for families with kids. Great indoor play area if it’s raining. Parents can sit back with a coffee while they play. The food is great too. Plan to spend a few hours as there is a lot to do and it can seem expensive if not as you pay in but there is really is a lot to do. Our daughter loves it!”
19 locals recommend
Café
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“Brigit's Garden takes you on a magical journey into the heart of Celtic heritage and mythology, making it one of the truly outstanding places to visit in the West of Ireland. The award-winning Celtic Gardens are widely regarded as one of the most spectacular in Ireland, set within 11 acres of native woodland & wildflower meadows. In addition to the Celtic Gardens visitors can enjoy the nature trail, an ancient ring fort (fairy fort), thatched roundhouse and crannóg, and the calendar sundial, the largest in Ireland. Brigit’s Garden is very family-friendly with a kids’ discovery trail, a natural playground and lots of opportunity to explore. The Visitor Centre houses the Garden Café with excellent fresh food, the colourful Gift Shop and a function room. Brigit’s Garden offers a fully professional service to tour groups and community groups with guided tours of the Celtic Gardens, add-on workshops, group catering and bespoke programmes. They offer a full calendar of family-friendly special events throughout the year, from Brigit’s Day celebrations to an alternative Santa experience. Brigit's Garden is a Discover Science Centre and a popular destination for primary schools, with exciting programmes linked to nature and heritage. The high-standard facilities and tranquil surroundings make Brigit's Garden the ideal venue with a difference for weddings, meetings and special events.”
16 locals recommend