Ballycroy National Park on the Wild Atlantic Way

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Ballycroy National Park, established in November 1998, is Ireland’s sixth National Park and is located, with a Visitor Centre, in the village of Ballycroy on the N59 road between Mulranny and Bangor.

With an area of 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, the Park covers a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range.

Visitors can traverse Owenduff blanket bog, one of the last intact active blanket bog systems in Ireland and western Europe, and admire the landscape of the imposing Nephin Beg mountain range. The park also provides protection habitats for species such as Greenland white-fronted geese, golden plover, red grouse and otter, and is part of the Owenduff / Nephin Complex Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area.

The Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre, located on the Wild Atlantic Way in Ballycroy village, houses an interpretative exhibition of the landscape, habitats and species found in the park, as well as information on the surrounding area.

Don’t forget to embrace the superb views of Achill Island and the Nephin Beg Mountains at the summit of the park’s short nature trail.

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