Camping

Camping Policy

No accommodation services are provided within the National Park itself but visitors are welcome to camp under the following conditions.

Camping is only permitted through our online registration system – www.campingwildnephin.com

All visitors to the National Park, including hikers and walkers, are requested to register on the online registration system.

This information will be vital in locating and evacuating people in the event of a fire emergency. Any information uploaded on the website will be used solely for this purpose.

Anyone camping within the park is subject to our Camping Code(pdf)

Please familiarise yourself with the camping code before planning a trip to Wild Nephin National Park.

  1. Camping within the Wild Nephin National Park is only permitted through our online registration system. See www.campingwildnephin.com
  2. Camping is strictly prohibited at Wild Nephin National Park during Condition Orange/Red Fire Risk Danger Notices.
  3. Camping is permitted in designated campsites only*.
  4. Campsites must be left as found, or better. Dispose of waste properly. Please takeout all litter, yours and others, including all food waste and litter, whether or not it is biodegradable. Buried waste would be exposed by foraging animals or by erosion.
  5. Latrine Protocol**; catholes for disposal of human waste should be located at least30m away from watercourses 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.
  6. Campfires (including disposable bbqs) are only permitted at fire pits in designated campsites. Use only sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand for fuel, do not cut growing vegetation. Accelerants should not be used when lighting campfires.
  7. Be sure to keep you campfire small and under control. Burn all wood & coals to ash.
  8. Put out campfires completely. Campfires should always be fully extinguished, including all glowing embers, on the decommissioning of the campsite.
  9. Campers to bring their own fire retardant, in the event of an emergency at campfire.
  10. Soap and toothpaste must be kept at least 30m away from watercourses.
  11. Dish and utensil washing will be conducted at least 30m from water bodies. All wastewater should be strained and scattered. In no circumstances should waste water used in washing be poured into lakes, streams or rivers.
  12. Campers are required to conduct themselves in a quiet manner, disturbing neither the local community, wildlife nor other visitors.
  13. Campsites must be kept visually unobtrusive.
  14. All campers should bring their own First Aid Kit, in the event of an emergency.
  15. Failure to comply with this code will result in withdrawal of permission to camp. In such cases National Park Staff will demand that the visitors break camp.

*Please see map showing designated campsites below.

** For more information on sanitation in the outdoors read “Where to go in the outdoors leaflet” available from the National Park Visitor Centre and the Mountaineering Council of Ireland (MCI).

Note: This map is not to be used for navigation purposes. Details of maps that encompass the National Park lands are available on our hiking page.

Grid references for the locations of the designated campsites are as follows:

  1. Tarsaghaun Cottage 54° 4’55.58″N  9°43’49.83″W
  2. Altnabrocky Shelter 54° 2’59.38″N  9°36’30.84″W
  3. Lough Avoher Shelter 54° 0’15.24″N  9°37’13.05″W
  4. North of Bothy 53°59’57.86″N  9°34’30.42″W

Pedestrian only access to camping sites. These locations are not serviced campsites and there is strictly no public vehicular access. The site nearest to a public car park/vehicular access is “North of the Bothy” in Letterkeen. You will need to walk 1.5km (20 minutes approximately) from the Letterkeen Car Park – grid reference for car park – 53°59’20.8″N 9°34’21.3″W

Practising a Leave No Trace ethic is very simple: Make it hard for others to see or hear you and LEAVE NO TRACE of your visit.

 

Wildfires – Prevention

Camp fires are only permitted in fire pits in designated campsites (more information to follow…)

Please read and be familiar with the Wildfires Prevention Advice: Wildfires Prevention Advice (pdf)

Camping is strictly prohibited at Wild Nephin National Park during Condition Orange/Red Fire Risk Danger Notices (see more on fire risk conditions below). 

For up-to-date Fire Danger Notices see: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/01773-fire-management/

 

Weather Warnings

STATUS ORANGE Weather Warning
This category of weather warning has the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas, and poses a real risk of injury and danger to human life. The Wild Nephin National Park is closed to all visitors until further notice. Consult the National Park website for more information.

STATUS RED Severe Weather Warning
This category of weather warning has the capacity to impact severely on people in the affected areas, and poses a significant risk of injury and danger to human life. The Wild Nephin National Park is closed to all visitors until further notice. Consult the National Park website for more information.

Fire Risk Conditions

Fire Risk Danger Notice – Condition Orange.
There is a High Fire Risk within the National Park. There is a significantly increased risk of wildfire initiation and spread. In the event of a wildfire, there is a real risk of injury and danger to human life. Camping within the National Park is strictly prohibited during this notice. Consult the National Park website for more information.

Fire Risk Danger Notice – Condition Red.
There is an Extreme Fire Risk within the National Park. Under extreme fire risk conditions any ignition source in hazardous fuels will give rise to rapid and unpredictable wildfire development and spread. Under these conditions, in upland situations fire can be expected to cover extensive areas and pose extreme difficulties to suppression efforts and may give rise to major emergency scenarios. In the event of a wildfire, there is an extreme risk of injury and danger to human life. Camping within the National Park is strictly prohibited during this notice. Consult the National Park website for more information.

 

Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park abides by the Leave no Trace principles. All waste must be removed from the site with you. Read: Leave no Trace Principles

 

Finally, the definition of a National Park is:

A natural area of land and/or sea designated to protect the ecological integrity of one or more ecosystems for present and future generations, exclude exploitation or occupation inimical to the purposes of designation of the area and to provide a foundation for spiritual, scientific, educational, recreational and visitor opportunities, all of which must be environmentally and culturally compatible.

Enjoy your stay!