Robert Lloyd Praeger
Listen to nature’s voice
Located on the Western seaboard in northwest Mayo, Wild Nephin National Park covers a vast 15,000 hectares of uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness, dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range. To the west of the mountains is the Owenduff Bog, one of the last intact active blanket bog systems in Western Europe.
The National Park also protects other important habitats and species including alpine heath, upland grassland, heath, lakes and river catchments. Greenland white-fronted geese, golden plover, red grouse and otters are just some of the important fauna found within the National Park.
Discover our walking trails, learn more about the habitats and species we protect, or explore our education programmes.
The detail on this map is generalised: it is not suitable for hill-walking. The map does not show legal title to property. Cartography ©2009 – ESRI Ireland Ltd and the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government. Based on Ordnance Survey Ireland data. Licence No. EN 0059208. © Ordnance Survey Ireland / Government of Ireland.
Our very experienced team of guides at the Ballycroy Visitor Centre welcome visitors and run the Dark Sky Educational Programme. They can provide guidance to get you started with stargazing, and while the Visitor Centre closes during some winter months, the viewing sites within the Dark Sky Park are open to the public year round.
Our interactive exhibition captivates visitors of all ages and offers an overview of the biodiversity of the National Park as well as some of the cultural heritage of the region. On the site take a leisurely stroll along the Tóchar Daithí Bán Nature Trail and experience panoramic views of Achill Island, The Nephin Beg Mountain Range and the Atlantic Ocean. Learn more about this 20-30 minute walk, which can be easily undertaken by individuals or groups.
Claggan Mountain Coastal Trail is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way between Mulranny and Ballycroy and is the perfect location for photographing this stunning area. You will find ample parking and a gentle 1km return along a stony shoreline. Evidence of our ancient forests are visible here, with ancient pine stumps on the shore and emerging from the bog. Wildlife that frequent the shore include otters (Lutra lutra), ringed plovers (Charadrius hiaticula) and grey herons (Ardea cinerea).
Mayo Dark Sky Park
The skies above Ireland’s Wild Nephin National Park are really something to be celebrated, enjoyed and cherished. The Owenduff Bog in the National Park is the largest expanse of intact Atlantic blanket bog in Ireland and Western Europe. This expanse of bog with the rolling hills of the Nephin Beg Mountain Range underpin the constantly changing big skies of this part of North West Mayo.
Wild Nephin National Park is a spectacular place to experience some of the most remote lands in Ireland. While the main body of the park is suitable for the more experienced hillwalkers, there are also easier walks that allow visitors of a range of abilities to enjoy the scenery and wildlife here at Wild Nephin.
Let the wide open vistas of this big sky country inspire you, with the setting sun on Wild Nephin revealing thousands of stars as the National Park transforms to the Mayo Dark Sky Park. Let the team of dedicated Guides share with you the biodiversity, history and the myths of this unique landscape that is Wild Nephin, our heavenly place and sanctuary for our wildlife.
Mid-March – Early November
The Visitor Centre is the main information point for Wild Nephin National Park.
Relax and enjoy the hospitality at the Visitor Centre, which houses an interactive exhibition, experienced National Park Guides, the Ginger & Wild Café and the accessible Tóchar Daithí Bán Nature Trail (2km).
We run special events throughout the year and regular guided walks and kids clubs during the summer months. Keep an eye on our social media channels for upcoming walks, talks and activities.
-Stunning panoramic views of Wild Nephin National Park and Achill Island
-Nature trail with pond and viewing point
-Ginger & Wild Café
-Guided walks and special events
-Mayo Dark Sky Park Viewing Point
10:00AM – 16:00PM
Mid-March – Early November
+353 (0)87 6666 633
The cafe’s light, airy seating area offers a bird’s-eye view to Achill Island, the majestic Nephin Beg Mountains and the magical wild Atlantic coast. An exceedingly warm welcome awaits you at this family run café.
The food is all homemade using locally-sourced produce and quality ingredients — teas, coffees, fruit juices, vegetable soups, paninis, quiches, salads, scones, cakes etc, with all delicious tasty goodies made by Jean-Pierre.
Contemporary art adorns the café walls – exhibitions change continually and all work is for sale.
If you are a coach party and planning a lunch stop, please let us know in advance. Call Nicola on the number listed here or visit our website.
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