Best trails in County Galway, Ireland

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Trying to find the best County Galway trails? AllTrails has 46 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Galway, Letterfrack or Oughterard, we've got you covered. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 28 easy trails in County Galway ranging from 0.6 to 66.6 miles and from 0 to 528 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in County Galway, Ireland
Top trails (46)
#1 - Diamond Hill Loop
Connemara National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 42 m
#2 - Upper Diamond Hill Trail
Connemara National Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 23 m
The Upper Diamond Hill Trail summits the Diamond, providing a stunning view of the Twelve Bens and surrounding Connemara region. Situated in the West of Ireland in County Galway, Connemara National Park covers some 2,957 hectares of scenic mountains, expanses of bogs, heaths, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the Park's mountains are part of the famous Twelve Bens or Beanna Beola range. Diamond Hill is a very well-maintained path up a mountain with a spectacular view at the summit of the Twelve Bens and the surrounding Connemara region.Show more
#3 - 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
#4 - Glencoaghan Loop
Clifden, County Galway, Ireland
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 7 h 38 m
This is a great trail with countless incredible viewpoints. If you want a challenging test, then this is the route for you. The weather can change quickly, so be prepared and wear layers.Show more
#5 - Lower Diamond Hill Trail
Connemara National Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 52 m
Lower Diamond Hill gains modest heights, enough to provide sensational territorial views, particularly of the surrounding Connemara coastline and islands, including Inishbofin, before descending back down through a placid valley, full of quietude and striking examples of Connemara's blanket bog. Diamond Hill Trail is not particularly challenging, though highly rewarding. The trail is well sign posted and highly accessible.Show more
#6 - Knockma Nature Reserve Trail
Tuam, County Galway, Ireland
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Very easy and well maintained trail. Plenty of parking at the bottom of the hill and stunning views over County Galway from the summit. Make sure to look for the little faery doors on the trees! There is a trig point on top of the eastern cairn.Show more
#7 - Kylemore Abbey
Ballynakill, County Galway, Ireland
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
A walk around the gardens and grounds of Kylemore Abbey.Show more
#8 - Benlettery and Bengower
Clifden, County Galway, Ireland
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 3 h 9 m
These two peaks are part of the Twelve Bens. You will hike over rocky scree and hop between boulders. Enjoy the views of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Show more
#9 - 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
#10 - Benbrack Mountain
Letterfrack, County Galway, Ireland
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 29 m
This trail is the tallest of the 12 Bens in a remote location. The climb is relatively easy. Enjoy the views!Show more
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