Snuggled between the Irish Coast and the peaks of the Twelve Bens, Connemara National Park lures walkers to County Galway. Sturdy boots and all-weather gear is a must for trekking through the park's misty bogs and heathland. Wander up the rocky Diamond Hill, climb up to the lakeside perch of Kylemore Abbey, or tackle a Ben or two if you dare. The sheep who roam the area won't tell if you choose to sit on a sand dune for an hour or two instead.
Footfalls Walking Holidays can help you get out and about in Connemara with its seven-night Connemara Special walking tour. For $1,299 per person, you'll stay right in the Connemara mountains and spend your days journeying five to nine miles into the surrounding countryside. To get around a little faster, Cross Country International offers a seven-night horseback-riding tour along Connemara's beaches from $2,075.
Mountain view in Connemara National Park (Photo: Michael Steden, iStockphoto)