Culture Night 2021

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Culture Night is September 17th and we are delighted to be hosting a special event in celebration of the event.   Join us at 7.30pm at the Ballycroy Visitor Centre for a guided walk of the 2km Tóchar Daithí Bán Trail. Take a journey back through time to the present day for a celebration of peatlands for this year’s Culture Night.   Along the way our guides will recite a number of poems inspired by stories from the surrounding area,...

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Wild Nephin National Park

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Ballycroy National Park has changed and expanded significantly in the past decade. The National Park now covers many communities outside of and remote from Ballycroy, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service are developing visitor experiences in many of these areas, as well as in Ballycroy. There is the impression that the National Park is confined to the site of the Ballycroy Visitor Centre, which is not giving the National Park the significance and recognition that it deserves, given it...

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Heritage Week 2021

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Heritage Week 2021 is running from Saturday 14th August until Saturday 22nd August. Here at Wild Nephin National Park we will have a range of activities spanning the entire week (click here to download a poster of the events for the week) and across three different locations including the Ballycroy Visitor Centre, Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail and Letterkeen. Due to Covid-19 restrictions we have limited places available for all outdoor events therefore it is important to book ahead to avoid...

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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

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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

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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

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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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