Summer Events Programme 2021

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Our summer events programme continues throughout August. Events include guided walks of the Tóchar Daithí Bán Trail and the grounds of the Ballycroy Visitor Centre every Monday at 11am that includes information on the management of our pollinator and biodiversity friendly semi-natural grasslands. On Wednesdays we take visitors to the seashore for a guided tour of the Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail. The time for this walk varies as it depends on the tides. We will shortly confirm our full programme...

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Local Link Bus Service

bus timetable

See details of the 978 Local Link bus service timetable.  This service provides  a number of options that might suit visitors wishing to access the Ballycroy Visitor Centre. Some detail from the bus service are outlined below: Castlebar to Ballycroy via Newport & Mulranny This will enable passengers to depart Castlebar at 8:50am and arrive in Ballycroy at 9:40am.  They can make the return journey on this service at 12:05 returning to Castlebar at 13:05. There is a free guided...

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Fire Warning – No Camping

***UPDATE*** The Condition Orange Forest Fire Warning has now been extended until 12pm on Monday July 26th of July. *** A Condition Orange Forest Fire Warning has been issued arising from weather patterns and expected level of risk. As per out wild camping guidelines camping in the Wild Nephin National Park is prohibited.  This warning is in place until 12pm on Friday, July 23rd.  Full details of the fire danger notice can be found at the following link:

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Ginger & Wild Opening July 5th

Ginger and Wild Reopening 5th July 2021

The folks at Ginger & Wild are busy bees getting ready to welcome you back on Monday July 5th. For the time being, al fresco dining and takeaways are on the menu, along with a much anticipated exhibition comprising Mayo landscapes and seascapes by Marie Wood. Marie Wood is an artist living and working in Clew Bay. Her work is a distillation of the spirit of the Mayo landscape, revealing a sense of the extraordinary, looking past the obvious and...

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Visitor Centre Reopening June 2nd, 2021

orchid in meadow

We are delighted to announce that the Visitor Centre in Ballycroy will be re-opening Wednesday June 2nd, 2021. As we are adhering to Covid19 protocols, we will be operating a one way system throughout the building including the exhibition and toilets. The Ginger and Wild Cafe will remain closed until further notice. Please bear with us and we’d appreciate if you can follow all directions by our staff. All these measures are to keep visitors and staff safe during this...

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Orange Wind Warning – Park Closed 14/02/2021

Orange Wind Warning - Met Eireann

We wish to advise visitors that Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park will be closed on Sunday February 14th due to Met Éireann's Status Orange Wind Warning. This includes the Visitor Centre, Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail and Letterkeen. Other NPWS sites in the region will also be closed, including: Connemara National Park Derryclare Nature Reserve Old Head Nature Reserve Knockma Wood, near Tuam, Co. Galway Laughil Wood, near Pontoon, Co. Mayo For more information on weather warnings please see:

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Tóchar Daithí Bán Closed

Important Notice Sign

We would like to advise our visitors that the Tóchar Daithí Bán Trail at the Visitor Centre will be undergoing essential maintenance over the next couple days. Therefore the trail will not be accessible. We ask visitors to please heed safety notices during this time. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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New PhD Opportunity

Trackway at Wild Nephin

We are delighted to announce a new 4-year PhD opportunity for Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park. The PhD will explore biodiversity conservation and restoration in the National Park and will be carried out with support of the Marine Institute and funded under the Marine Research Programme 2014-2020 by the Irish Government. The proposed objectives of the PhD are to: • Assess baseline terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna within the National Park against which future restoration actions can be measured...

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The Great Conjunction

Park in Winter

This evening the alignment of the planets Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in our evening skies, known as the ‘Great’ conjunction . A conjunction occurs when planets appear very close to one another in the sky. Although the alignment of Jupiter and Saturn happens every 20 years or so, on this particular occasion it will mark the closest encounter of these planets in nearly 400 years. If clear skies allow on this Monday evening you can see this spectacle...

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Storm Aiden – Park Closed 31/10/2020

Storm Aidan Weather Warning - Met Eireann

Due to Storm Aiden, please note that Wild Nephin National Park/Mayo Dark Sky Park, including all trails (i.e. Letterkeen Loops & Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail) & the Ballycroy Visitor Centre will be closed on Saturday 31/10/2020.   For storm updates see:   For more information on Weather Warnings and Wild Nephin National Park see:

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