Ten Top National Parks Around the Globe

by , SmarterTravel Staff - July 9, 2007 See all photo galleries
Mountain view in Connemara National Park


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)

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