Ballycroy National Park

  • Mayo is a county that is blessed with stunning natural beauty and an array of wonderful places to see and visit - and one of those is the truly astounding Ballycroy National Park. One of just six national parks in the country, Ballycroy offers an unspoilt wilderness for hikers and walkers that matches any in Ireland or indeed the world. Located along the Wild Atlantic Way, the 11,000 hectare park really needs to be seen to be appreciated. Midwest Radio recently visited the Visitor's Centre in Ballycroy to find out more about the centre and all that is on offer in the Park with Guide Margaret Flaherty. 

     

  • Funding of €2.1m has been approved by Fáilte Ireland for a 56km cycle track through part of the Ballycroy National Park/Wild Nephin.

    The project, when completed will see the upgrading of the existing Western Way to a grade 3 cycle/walk track extending some 56km off road from the Great Western Greenway through the National Park to Ballycastle in North Mayo.

    The project is part of Fáilte Ireland’s strategic partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s National Parks and Wildlife Service to achieve the aims of further developing quality visitor experiences at Ireland’s National Parks and also conserving and protecting their natural environments for the enjoyment of future generations.

    Also today, the National Parks and Wildlife Service announced the renaming of the National Park to the Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park.

    Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring has welcomed today’s funding announcement.