Wild Nephin National Park - Ballycroy Visitor Centre, Westport

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Ballycroy National Park is located in the Owenduff/Nephin Mountains area of the Barony of Erris in northwest County Mayo, Ireland. It is one of the largest expanses of peatland in Europe, consisting of 117.79 square kilometres of Atlantic blanket bog. It is a unique habitat with a diverse flora and fauna. It was established as a national park on 1 November 1998. The area of the park is a candidate Special Area of Conservation as part of a site known as the Owenduff/Nephin Complex. It is also a Special Protection Area and part of the Natura 2000 network.
The European Union Habitats Directive (92/43/EEC), which was transposed into Irish law in 1997, lists certain habitats and species that the Irish Government was required to designate as SACs to ensure their protection. These habitats include blanket bogs. The bog at Ballycroy is especially important in this regard because it is one of the largest examples of a blanket bog habitat left in Western Europe. Ballycroy was established as a national park on 1 November 1998. It is managed under the State Property Act, 1954. PutWild Nephin National Park - Ballycroy Visitor Centre into our Westport trip itinerary maker and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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Wild Nephin National Park - Ballycroy Visitor Centre reviews

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  • Worth a visit if in the area. The information about years gone by is great and there is a lovely short 2Km walk 
    Worth a visit if in the area. The information about years gone by is great and there is a lovely short 2Km walk  more »
  • We had a nature walk given by the amazing Fintan! He was so much fun, with incredible knowledge of the area and unbridled enthusiasm. The walk was lovely, with a light wind and no rain. The view at... 
    We had a nature walk given by the amazing Fintan! He was so much fun, with incredible knowledge of the area and unbridled enthusiasm. The walk was lovely, with a light wind and no rain. The view at...  more »
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  • Rare combination of free EV charging AND free parking! The charger is past the main car park, you'll need to ask at reception so they can tap their fob on it to start the charge. Quick and easy walk, very accessible for little ones or people who are less mobile, with incredible views of the National Park. Great little exhibition as well, about the flora, fauna and folk of the area.
  • Fantastic visitor centre. I brought my one year old here and he enjoyed the interactive displays. The cafe was fantastic. The Daithi Ban trail is perfect for a short walk and buggy friendly. Definitely worth a visit.

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