We always visit this Centre when we come to Connemara. It's free, and it's well done. There is a small museum which explains the geography and history of the moor, and a tea room where you can get refreshments, with a court yard with picnic tables to eat in. Surrounding the centre are three different trails through the park of varying levels of difficulty. It is rough walking: uphill, over rocks, on low bridges built over bogs, and completely out in the open. On a recent visit we were caught by a cold, driving rain halfway through the trail. Do take advantage of the free guided walk on the first level trail. It's very interesting, and the guide will point out to you things you won't necessarily notice if you do this trail alone. Recently red deer have been re-introduced back into the park, and there is a field with a Connemara pony mare and her most recent foal near the beginning of the three trails. A fourth trail takes you through woodlands where a variety of plant life grows, in contrast to the starkness of the three open moorland trails. There is also a small building which serves as a theatre where you can view a 20-minute film about Connemara, and it's very worthwhile. If you have any interest in Connemara at all, or if you just want some good hikes, this is the best place to do it.
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