Wilderness Camping

***Please note wilderness camping is permitted in the National Park but there is a camping exclusion zone as shown below. 
The nearest camping area in the National Park is several kilometres from the Visitor Centre (approximately 2 hours walking).  
As per our normal camping code, groups of 10 more will be by permit only. 

Campfires are not permitted in the National Park. The issuing of permits for campfires is suspended pending review. 
Campfires and/or disposable barbecues are strictly prohibited within the Connemara National Park.***

***Staying overnight with camper vans etc. in our car parks continues to be prohibited.***

There are no serviced camping and/or caravan sites within the National Park. Visitors looking for a serviced campsite should use local campsites – there are several in the locality.

The car park cannot facilitate overnight parking/camping. The car park is for day time visits only. We recommend that camper van visitors who wish to stay overnight use one of the local camper van sites.

Wilderness Camping

‘Wilderness camping’ is permitted and the following code needs to be strictly adhered to. Wilderness camping is a very specific type of camping that follows a strict set of guidelines that includes:

  • Specific requirements for camp location – a certain distance away from buildings and trails.
  • Removal of all food waste and litter, whether or not it is biodegradable
    Strict latrine protocols.
  • Special type of campfires (campfires in the National Park are currently prohibited and the issuing of campfire permits is suspended pending review).
  • Please note that groups of 10 or more also require a permit.
  • Visually unobtrusive campsites. (See map below for camping exclusion zone)
  • The camping policy for Connemara National Park can be downloaded from the following link Camping Policy Code

For information on “Where to go in the outdoors” see the following link Where-to-go-in-the-outdoors

Camping Exclusion Zone

There are only specific areas where wilderness camping is permitted. Please see the map below showing the camping exclusion zone. In this image, the black line is the boundary of the National Park, the area shaded in green is the camping exclusion zone i.e. you are not allowed to camp in this area. All campers found in this area will be asked to break camp immediately.

Connemara National Park Exclusion Zone

Click here to download a pdf of this map

Requirement for Written Permits and Applications

A written permit is required:

  1. For groups consisting of more than 10 people.
  2. When it is proposed to light a campfire, regardless of group size. Applications for campfires require a minimum of one month’s notice. An exact location (Irish National Grid reference only) of the proposed campfire must be provided with all applications. (NOTE: Issuing of permits for campfires is currently suspended, pending review).
  3. Applications for 1 and 2 (above) should be made to the Park Manager in writing, in person or by telephone (at least seven working days for 1 (preferably longer) before the proposed camping trip).
  4. Permit requests for events which include camping should be made at least seven days (preferably longer) prior to the proposed event.
  5. Persons camping under permit must produce that permit on request for inspection by members of the Park Staff.

Detailed information on the Wilderness Camping Code

  • Campsites should be at least 400m from a road capable of carrying a vehicle.
  • Campsites should be at least 400m from a building.
  • Tents should be moved every second night to allow vegetation to recover.
  • Campers will remove all food waste and litter, whether or not it is biodegradable. Buried waste could be exposed by foraging animals or by erosion.
  • Latrine protocol: catholes for disposal of human waste should be located at least 30m away from water courses and 50m from walking routes. Human waste should be buried or carried out of the site. No evidence of latrine use should remain visible. All toilet paper and hygiene products must be carried out.
  • Campfires are allowed by written permit only, where permitted, use only mound fires. Use only sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand, do not cut growing vegetation.
  • Soap and toothpaste must be kept at least 30m away from water courses.
  • Dish and utensil washing should be conducted at least 30 m from water bodies. All waste water should be strained and scattered. In no circumstances should waste water used in washing be poured into lakes, streams or rivers.
  • Campers are required to conduct themselves in a quiet manner, disturbing neither local community, wildlife or other visitors.
  • Camp sites must be visually unobtrusive and must be left as found or better.
  • Failure to comply with this code will result in withdrawal of permission to camp. In such cases, National Park Rangers will demand that visitors break camp.