Ireland’s National Parks in pictures

We went on a whirlwind road trip around Ireland and I’ll detail some of the cool stuff we found along the way. This post, however, is dedicated to Ireland’s national park system. Every park had extremely well maintained trails going through beautiful landscapes. Here’s a tour through the ones we visited (mostly in pictures):

First up, Wicklow Mountains National Park. A local guide we met referred to this place as the “meatloaf” of national parks. It’s a pretty apt description. Many people go there since it’s very close to Dublin and the trails are very easy to walk. Nonetheless, the views are quite pretty as you can see.

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Glendalough spinc, where this brave soul went swimming in the cold, cold water

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not bad for meatloaf

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some deer we saw along the trail

Next up is Killarney National Park. I really enjoyed kayaking Lough Leane with Outdoors Ireland. They outfit you with all of the necessary gear. You just have to bring your bathing suit and some water. They specialize in teaching people outdoor skills so you actually get a lesson in kayaking before going out onto the lake. I really had fun on this tour visiting random small islands in the lake and learning about its history.

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Ross Castle is the launching point for the kayaking tour

Gougane Barra National Park is quite small and off the beaten track. We saw only one other person while we were there. I would recommend coming here if you want to spend the day in solitude.

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walking to Gougane Barra National Park

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it looks like a fairytale forest here

Burren National Park is a strange place. Rather than being filled with greenery, there are limestone karsts everywhere. Go here for a change of pace from all the farming and fields.

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limestone everywhere!

Connemara National Park is extremely beautiful. I highly recommend the walk up Diamond Hill to see the Bens (the highest peaks in Ireland) and also to get a panoramic view of all of Connemara.

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walking up the steps

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the view from the peak of Diamond Hill

If you’re in Ireland, I definitely recommend stopping at a National Park. They are really very empty and a great way to enjoy the lush green lands that Ireland has to offer.

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