Three National Parks To Visit In Ireland

Burren National Park, Ireland
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Ireland is a stunning country, offering wild coastlines, beautiful mountains, and tiny villages nestled in the hills. If you’re visiting the Emerald Isle, check out these national parks which offer visitors a true taste of Ireland.

Glenveagh National Park

Situated at the center of County Donegal, visit this park for wide open landscapes, stunning views of the sea, and the awe-inspiring Derryveagh Mountains. Experience pristine ancient forests, waterfalls, valley and ridge walks, and visit Glenveagh Castle to learn more about the area’s history and culture.

Killarney National Park

This national park includes McGillycuddy’s Reeks, the highest mountain range in Ireland. Situated just to the south of the town of Killarney, in County Kerry, this park offers some serious hiking opportunities. Visit the world famous Lakes of Killarney, stroll through the ancient Reenadinna Woods, or visit some of the ancient buildings and structures in this area such as Muckross House or Ross Castle.

Burren National Park

Head to County Claire for an otherwordly experience at Burren National Park. ‘Burren’ draws its name from an Irish word which means ‘rocky place’, and across this park the limestone layer is easy to see. However, in many parts the ‘rocky place’ has been covered over with rare plants and trees, making this an internationally important zone for flora. Tread carefully and stay on the paths to experience the stunning range of plants in this strange, otherworldly park.