The savage beauty of Connemara
The National Park serves up a number of breathtaking walks, including the modest Diamond Hill Loop, which suits most fitness levels. The views afforded for the effort are nothing short of spectacular. Rest awhile in the beating heart of Connemara's capital, Clifden, which was once a media hotspot when the inventor of radio, Guglielmo Marconi, built a transatlantic wireless telegraph station just outside the town. Once you've soaked up its history, browsed the art galleries and taken in the sunset views from Clifden's Sky Road, book a table at Mitchell's Restaurant in the center of town for mouthwatering Connemara lamb or a bowl of tasty seafood chowder. Delicious!
Since 1924, the annual Connemara Pony Festival (August) has been showcasing the best of this native breed, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to get up close to over 400 ponies.