The Diamond Mountain is part of the Connemara National Park, it is just across the Bay from Rosleague. The Park Service have built a trail using a mixture of gravel, boardwalk and stepping stones in a loop over the top of the Mountain, perfect for a walk or run. It is a very enjoyable stroll but an epic Run for those in a suitable condition to take it on.
Diamond Mountain ramps up gradually as you leave the visitors centre area, followed by a steeper section of stones. It then levels off to allow you to get your wind back before taking on the steepest section. There are a couple of false summits but the 360 degree view, one of Connemara’s best, that opens up before you at the top of Diamond Mountain is well worth the pain and there is a great sense of achievement if you have managed to keep running through the punishing last section.
The best bit is now before you, however carefully start the descent if you are still running, the first section is quite steep; with extra care needed at one particular jagged section, also after heavy rain the stones can be quite slippery. Diamond Mountain then opens up into a more undulating mixture of gravel, boardwalk and stones where you can cut loose and pick up some serious speed.
Wind – Depending on direction you can be quite sheltered as you approach the Diamond Mountain summit, be mindful that it can get pretty wild once on top or along the ridges of the mountain.