Best bird watching trails in County Galway, Ireland

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in County Galway with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in County Galway, Ireland
Top trails (11)
#1 - Portumna Forest Park Circular
Portumna Forest Park
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 4 h 23 m
Great lakeshore views and quiet wooded glades await discovery through multi-access trails open to walkers and cyclists. The name Portumna derives from the Gaelic 'Port Omna' meaning the landing place of the oak tree. Portumna Forest Park covers almost 450 hectares and was formerly owned by the Clanrickarde family. There is an old abbey, now under the care of the Office of Public Works (OPW), within the Park which dates back to the 15th century. The castle nearby, on which considerable restoration work has been carried out by the OPW, dates back to the 17th century and was the seat of the Earl of Clanrickarde. The forest has many habitats from lakeshore to turlough. The main conifer tree species include Scots pine, Sitka spruce, Norway spruce, Douglas fir and larch. A programme is in place to replace recently felled trees with native oak-ash-hazel woodland under the Native Woodland Scheme. A notable feature of the park is the presence of yew and juniper in open woodland along the lake shore. The park fauna includes a large population of fallow deer while other animal species include pine marten, fox and badger. The red squirrel still has a stronghold in the park and there is also a large inland colony of cormorants nesting in one of the islands. There are 4 looped trails in the Park. Show more
#2 - Renville Park
Galway, County Galway, Ireland
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 38 m
A Family Friendly park Rinville Park is a wonderful natural amenity that provides an opportunity for a wide range of activities that include walking along the beautiful woodland and parkland trails, playing in the walled-garden playground, soaking up the rich built heritage, picnicking at one of the picnic tables, and enjoying the mown play areas. Come on in and explore!Show more
#3 - Oughterard Heritage Walk
Oughterard, County Galway, Ireland
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 45 m
This walk on the edge of Oughterard is both scenic and informative, illustrating flora fauna and local history.Show more
#4 - Barna Woods and Tobar Eanna
Salthill, County Galway, Ireland
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 50 m
#5 - Ballyloughane Beach Coastal Path
Galway, County Galway, Ireland
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 33 m
#6 - Letterfrack and Muckanaght Circular
Connemara National Park
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Length: 12.2 mi • Est. 7 h 54 m
Muckanaght is a mountain with a summit of approximately 650 metres in the Twelve Bens, in Connemara, in County Galway in Ireland. Show more
#7 - Lough Atalia Path
Galway, County Galway, Ireland
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 38 m
#8 - Townee River Walk
Oughterard, County Galway, Ireland
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
#9 - Garrafrauns Heritage Trail
Galway, County Galway, Ireland
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h
Places of Interest along the Garrafrauns-Quinaltagh Loop WalkShow more
#10 - The Causeway and Grattan Beach
South Park
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Length: 2.0 mi • Est. 51 m
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