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Wild Nephin National Park
Ballycroy, Co. Mayo
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Wild Nephin National Park is situated in northwest Mayo and covers over 15,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain.

Wild Nephin National Park, established in 1998, is Ireland’s sixth National Park and is located on the Western seaboard in northwest Mayo, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness. This is one of the last intact active blanket bog systems in Ireland and Western Europe. It is dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range and the Owenduff bog.

The National Park Visitor Centre, located in Ballycroy village between Mulranny and Bangor, houses an interpretative exhibition of the landscape, habitats and species found in the National Park, as well as information on the surrounding area. There is a short nature trail with a viewing point which offers great scenic views of Achill Island to the west and the Nephin Beg mountain range to the east. Additional facilities include toilets, a coach car park, outdoor picnic areas and a coffee shop. There is disabled access to the visitor centre.

You can still easily access the trails within the National Park, Claggan Mountain Boardwalk and the Visitor Centre over the winter months. Try the interactive map for more points of interest to explore in the park.

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Contact details
Ballycroy,Co Mayo,Republic of Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 2 to 8 hours here.

More to discover at Wild Nephin National Park
The great outdoorsClaggan

This point in Claggan in north-west County Mayo offers panoramic views over Ballycroy National Park, south towards Claggan Mountain, and west, across the inlet, to Achill Island.

Free things to doLetterkeen Loop

Immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park, County Mayo on this breathtaking 12km loop. Secluded and idyllic, this trail boasts some of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most majestic mountain scenery.

Free things to doLough Avoher Loop

The north of County Mayo offers remoteness and seclusion in abundance. This looped walk starts from the Brogan Carroll Bothy (a basic shelter for walkers) in Letterkeen Woods - 12km from the nearest town of Newport, with the bare summits of the Nephin Beg Mountain range in the distance and the spuming Altaconey River closeby. Please refer to 78a-Bothy loop for further information on the area.

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