Looking for a fun outing in Galway for the family? If you are into the outdoors and walking why not let your kids experience the same by climbing Diamond Hill in Connemara National Park.
I did the Lower Diamond Trail at Diamond Hill on Jan 21st 2008 with some close friends and their kids. My 3 year old and 1 year old joined me on this 3 km trek. It was easy for my 3 year old boy Fionn to walk, although I did have to carry him for a short while on my shoulders towards the end. I carried my 1 year old girl Naoise in a backpack. This was not a problem on the well constructed trail which was built by airlifting gravel and stones and timber board walks into place using a helicopter.
We did not do the 3.7km upper trail as we had not planned to do it but I certainly will be returning in the coming weeks with wife and family.
The views at the top of the Lower Diamond are beautiful however spectacular panoramic vistas can be enjoyed if you make the effort to walk to the top of the Upper Diamond. These views include The Twelve Ben mountains to the North and East, far down below Kylemore Abbey and Lough, Tully Mountain to the West, and to the North the summit of Mweelrea, Connaught's highest mountain.
Diamond Hill Trail is not particularly challenging but you will break into a sweat if carrying a small one in a backpack. No special footwear is needed to complete this trail. Feel free to bring a small picnic so that you can have a snack anywhere along the way while enjoying the views.
It is an excellent day out for any family so why not get out there and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. It certainly beats a trip to the shopping centre or leisure plex and a lot less taxing on the purse strings.
Article written by Mick, dad of 2.
Connemara National Park headquarters are about 500m outside Letterfrack. This provides a nice starting and ending point for the trek up Diamond Hill. It takes about 1hr 15 minutes drive from Galway City. This link has some great photos of what you can expect:.
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