Ranking Ireland’s National Parks by Elevation, Age & Size
What is the highest point in each of Ireland’s 6 national parks? Which Irish national park is the largest by area? We have the answers to these questions below.
The Highest National Parks in Ireland
The highest point in Ireland is Carrauntoohil, at 3,407 feet (138 meters) which is not located within an Irish national park. The national park with the highest elevation is an unnamed peak in Wicklow Mountains National Park. It stands 2,822 feet, or 860 meters above sea level.
|#1||Wicklow Mountains National Park||County Wicklow||unnamed peak||2,822 ft(860 m)|
|#2||Killarney National Park||County Kerry||Mangerton Mountain||2,750 ft(838 m)|
|#3||Connemara National Park||County Galway||Benbaun||2,379 ft(725 m)|
|#4||Wild Nephin (Ballycroy) National Park||County Mayo||Slieve Car||2,366 ft(721 m)|
|#5||Glenveagh National Park||County Donegal||Slieve Snaght||2,225 ft(678 m)|
|#6||Burren National Park||County Clare||Knockanes||673 ft(205 m)|
Irish National Parks by Acreage
Wicklow Mountains National Park is not only the highest, but also the largest National Park in Ireland. It has just over 50 thousand acres, with Glenveagh National Park coming in second place with about 8,000 acres less.
|#1||Wicklow Mountains National Park||County Wicklow||50,560|
|#2||Glenveagh National Park||County Donegal||42,240|
|#3||Wild Nephin (Ballycroy) National Park||County Mayo||37,120|
|#4||Killarney National Park||County Kerry||26,240|
|#5||Connemara National Park||County Galway||4,928|
|#6||Burren National Park||County Clare||3,712|
Irish National Parks Ranked by Age
The oldest national park in Ireland is Killarney National Park, which was created in 1932. It stood as Ireland’s only national park until Connemara National Park was designated as one in 1980.
|#1||Killarney National Park||County Kerry||1932|
|#2||Connemara National Park||County Galway||1980|
|#3||Glenveagh National Park||County Donegal||1984|
|#4||Burren National Park||County Clare||1991|
|#5||Wicklow Mountains National Park||County Wicklow||1991|
|#6||Wild Nephin (Ballycroy) National Park||County Mayo||1998|