The visitor centre at Connemara National Park Visitor Centre will remain open this winter for the first time to cater to the hardiest of its 250,000 annual visitors.  

Visits to the park have grown almost 5% this year, building on steadily increasing visitor numbers in the five years since the Wild Atlantic Way was launched. The Diamond Hill walks have become a ‘must-do’ in the area, with a corresponding increase in demand for year-round opening of the park’s facilities. 

In the coming years, a new car park and additional looped walks on the Mweelin/Kylemore side of the park will be developed. The plans follow the announcement at the end of last year of €1.9m of Fáilte Ireland funding for the park. 

Last week, Minister Seán Kyne raised the Green Flag at the park for the second year in a row. The Green Flag for Parks Scheme Award is an internationally recognized mark of quality, with 17 countries participating in the scheme. 

Pictured: Park staff at the announcement of the year-round opening of the Visitor Centre at Connemara National Park, alongside Minster Seán Kyne and Councillor Eileen Mannion