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. 


  • Ballycroy National Park are holding two free events tomorrow for those with an interest in photography and moon-gazing.

    There is a three hour photography workshop in the National Park’s centre starting at 1 o’clock.

    That’s followed by a moon-gazing in Mayo Dark Sky Park at the visitor’s centre from 8 o’clock until 11.

    You can book a place on the photography workshop by ringing the centre on 09849888.

    Marina Mulligan is the Head Guide at the National Park and has been telling Midwest News about a whole host of free events at the park including their 10 year anniversary.

  • The Ballycroy National Park was closed to visitors yesterday evening, following a ventilation problem at the Visitors Centre.

    Initially, it was thought a small fire had broken out in the plant room, but following assessment, it emerged that a ventilation problem had caused a lot of steam to be released.

    The Visitors Centre at Ballycroy is due to reopen to the public today.


  • Today (Friday) marks the 10th anniversary of the Ballycroy National Park Visitors Centre.

    The celebrations will begin at 3.30 on Friday afternoon, when Government Chief Whip Minister Séan Kyne will raise the Green Flag for Parks.

    Mayo County Council's Climate Action Officer Laura Dixon will give a talk about the Climate Adaptation Strategy for Mayo, and National Parks & Wildlife Service guides will be on hand to speak about their environmental education programmes.

    The Ballycroy National Park Visitors Centre has issued an open invite to the public to attend today’s  10-year anniversary celebrations















  • 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.