Ballycroy National Park Visitors Centre in Co. Mayo
The Ballycroy Visitors Centre, located in Ballycroy village, every summer organises events which cater for all ages and abilities. All special events, talks, and walks are free of charge.
Qualified teams, from 10am to 5.30 pm, are very pleased to introduce visitors to the wonderful world of Ballycroy National Park.
County Mayo has an incredible biodiversity ranging from the smallest insects and rarest Irish plants to some of the largest animals alive such as the basking shark and whales, many of them within Ballycroy National Park.
This beautiful corner of Mayo commands breathtaking views on Achill Island, Nephin Beg Mountain Range, the Owenduff Bog and the Atlantic Ocean.
A visit to Ballycroy National Park is a must for all enthusiasts for walking and photograpy.
Visitor Centre Opening Hours: 10.00 am - 5.30 pm, Admission Free
- From 16th March to 3rd November 2019 the centre opens 7 days a week.
The trails within the National Park, Claggan Mountain Boardwalk and the Visitor Centre are still accessible over the winter months.
For the months of July and August daily guided walks of Tóchar Daithí Bán Nature Trail will take place from 1.30pm to 2.30pm every Wednesday and Friday . The Tóchar Daithí Bán Nature Trail is a 2km looped trail.
- Wild Child Clubs take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout July and August. It caters for children aged 6-12 and runs from 1.30pm to 3.00pm.
Here are the topics for July:
2nd July, Animal Migration
4th July, Wildflower Walk
9th July, Myths and Folklore
11th July, Pondlife
16th July, Pollinators
18th July, Explore the shore (Claggan Mountain Trail)
23rd July, Mammals
25th July, Beneath the Bog
- 30th July, Species Conservation.
On 1st July the Mayo Art Squad will make a number of willow sculptures which will be on display around the visitor centre for the next few months.
Also, there will be two workshops provide by the Mayo Art Squad in July:
On 3rd July, Clay Workshop from 11am to 4pm. Participants will make small insect habitats that will then be installed around the park.
- On 10th July, Print Making Workshop from 11amto 4pm. Participants will create pieces inspired by the flora and fauna found within the park.
The workshops cater for for all ages except very young children.
Free Bus Service
The Free Ballycroy National Park Bus Service runs from Bangor Erris to Westport and from Westport to Bangor Erris stopping at Bangor Erris, Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre, the Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail, Mulranny (Mulranny Park Hotel), Newport Road (Acres Grove, request stop), Wild Nephin at Srahrevagh (going through Srahmore), Newport (Meddlicot St. Edward Lyons Monument) and Westport (opp. Ulster Bank)).
The service will commence from June 2019 to August 2019 and run from Tuesday to Saturday.
In some instances there is a 24 hour booking notice required. A small number of bicycles can be carried at the back of the minibuses.
￼ ￼ FROM BANGOR-ERRIS TO WESTPORT
▪ Morning departure at 9.40 am
▪ Morning arrival at 12.55 pm
▪ Afternoon departure at 14.55 pm
▪ Afternoon arrival at 18.00 pm
FROM WESTPORT TO BANGOR ERRIS
▪ Morning departure at 11.00 am
▪ Morning arrival at 13.20 am
▪ Afternoon departure at 15.00 pm
▪ Afternoon arrival at 18.00 pm