***Please note camping and campfires are not permitted in the National Park/Dark Sky Park at this time.***

***This includes staying overnight with camper vans etc. in our car parks.***

Camping Policy

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

For visitors who wish to undertake multi-day hikes and wilderness camping within the park, permits are required if your group size consists of 10 or more people or if you will be lighting a campfire within the park. Please read these carefully.

Anyone camping within the park is subject to ‘The Camping Code’ and should read the following: 

Camping Code & Conduct (pdf)

Requirement for Written Permits.

A written permit is required:

  1. For groups consisting of more than ten people.
  2. When it is proposed to light a campfire, regardless of group size.
  3. Applications for 1 and 2 (above) should be made to the Park Manager in writing, inperson or by telephone at least seven working days (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.

Camp fire permits must be submitted prior to your visit. Please be aware that during certain dry weather spells, fire lighting will not be permitted.


Camp Fire Permit Application (PDF)

Camping without a Permit:

If you are part of a small group (<10 people), are not hosting an event and are not lighting a fire, you may camp without a permit. There is no requirement to inform Park Staff in advance. However Park Staff will be pleased to give useful advice if requested.

National Park Boundary

Please be aware that not all the lands in the Nephin Beg Mountain Range and Owenduff Bog areas are National Park owned land. Many areas are privately owned, and access to these lands is not a right; it is a matter for individual landowners.

Visitors wishing to camp in the National Park MUST check that they are within the Park boundaries by:

a. Referring to the boundary shown on Ordnance Survey and other maps:

Wild Nephin Map

OSI Discovery Series 23 & 31 (1:50,000)

b. Enquiring at the National Park Visitor Centre. Phone: +353 (0)98-49888

c. Enquiring at the National Park Headquarters. Phone: +353 (0)98-49996

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!