Culture Night at the Ballycroy Visitor Centre

culture night notice

Friday 23rd of September is #CultureNight and we look forward to celebrating it at the #BallycroyVisitorCentre in #WildNephinNationalPark An entertaining evening with traditional music by local musicians and a chance to try some delicious boxty. Sean Lysaght will be launching his book 'New Leaf' and we'll finish off the evening appreciating our wonderfully natural dark skies. Detail and times are listed below: 6pm | Traditional Music with Peter Masterson & Friends 6pm | Boxty 7pm | Sean Lysaght: New Leaf book launch with...

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Green Flag Award for the Ballycroy Visitor Centre

Natioanl Park staff celebrating the green flag award

The 2022 Green Flag Awards were announced on Wednesday 14th of September, by An Taisce Environmental Education, acknowledging Ireland’s best public parks and gardens. Each year, parks must apply to keep their Green Flag and are then independently judged. The Green Flag is a testament to the work undertaken by staff on the site and management who work tirelessly to reach such high standards that is demanded by the Green Flag criteria, which include horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability, and community...

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Working with communities to protect nature

people involved in clean up project

Mayo County Council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service have recently joined forces on a cleanup on the shores of the Lough Conn. There was a significant build-up of waste, which was being washed into a small bay at Grange, Crossmolina. This particular shoreline consisted of protected Alluvial Woodland habitat within the River Moy SAC. Wet woodland is a really important habitat found around the shores of Lough Conn. Classed as Annex I protected habitat under the Habitats Directive,...

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Heritage Breeds in the National Park

Pair of Blackface Mountain Sheep Hogget Ewes

  Wild Nephin National Park is home to a number of our agricultural heritage breeds including the Blackface Mountain Sheep. This breed of sheep are believed to be the descendants of sheep originally found in central Asia. They gradually spread through Europe and it is believed that they were introduced to Britain around 800 AD and reached the Scottish Highlands by the 18th century, and the breed was eventually introduced to estates in Ireland in the middle of the 19th...

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Condition Orange – High Fire Risk – No Camping

orange fire risk notice

Condition Orange – High Fire Risk - Strictly No Camping   Warning Effective From 1200hrs 10/08/2022 Effective Period Expires 1200hrs 16/08/2022   A Condition Orange Forest Fire Warning has been issued arising from weather patterns and expected level of risk. As per our wild camping guidelines camping in the Wild Nephin National Park is prohibited. The lighting of fires, BBQs etc. is prohibited in the Parks for the duration of the notice. All visitors are asked to register at

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Heritage Week 2022

heritage week events notice

We are delighted to announce our schedule for Heritage Week 2022, with an event each day for this national celebration (August 13th - 21st). See full details below. Also included are details for three online events that are being organised by Dark Sky Ireland and the Mayo Dark Sky Park.   Night Walk | Letterkeen | Saturday August 13th Start Time: 9.30pm Description: To celebrate being Mayo Dark Sky Park we will be hosting a night walk Letterkeen starting at...

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Shuttle Bus | August 2022

shuttle bus notice

Visit Wild Nephin National Park this Summer using the Free Shuttle Bus from Tuesday to Saturday for the month of August, travelling between Westport and Bangor Erris. Take in the scenic views of the National Park with stops at Newport, Letterkeen, Mulranny, Claggan Mountain and the Ballycroy Visitor Centre. The bus timetable is below You can also download a pdf of the timetables by clicking here Note: Passengers wishing to take bikes on board please phone +353 (0)87 108 4719 Bus...

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World Ranger Day – Ranger Led Hike – 31 July 2022

ranger led hike notice

Join us this Sunday July 31st for our Ranger Led Hike which will bring you to the Daithí Bán cairn on the summit of Corslieve, Ireland's most remote mountain! Spaces are limited, booking essential. The meeting point is the Ballycroy Visitor Centre at 9am. We will be bused to our starting point at Altnabrocky and from there we will hike along the ridge on the eastern side of Corslieve all the way to the summit. Once on the top we...

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International Bog Day Hike 2022

bog day event notice

We are delighted to be teaming up with Wild Atlantic Nature for a guided hike of the Owenduff Bog to mark this year’s International Bog Day.   Taking place on Friday 22nd of July, starting at 9.30am, this is a strenuous walk that will bring you to the most remote parts of Wild Nephin National Park via Scardaun and the Bangor Trail. Good fitness is a must and appropriate rainwear, boots and supplies (packed lunch + 2L water) are essential....

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