Ballycroy National Park is one of Ireland’s six national parks and is a only a mere 10km from Mulranny.
It comprises 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range.
To the west of the mountains is the Owenduff Bog. This is one of the last intact active blanket bog systems in Ireland and Western Europe and is an important scientific and scenic feature of the National Park. The Park also protects a variety of other important habitats and species. These include alpine heath, upland grassland, heath and lakes and river catchments. Greenland White-fronted geese, Golden plover, Red Grouse and Otters are just some of the important fauna found within the Park. The National Park is itself part of the Owenduff/Nephin Complex Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Area (SPA).
In July 2009 the spectacular new National Park Visitor Centre opened its doors to the public and is well worth a visit by all the family. It is located in the village of Ballycroy on the N59 road between Mulranny and Bangor.
Admission to the visitors centre is free and here you will find an interactive exhibition on the habitats of Ballycroy National Park and the surrounding area. There is also an information desk and a nature trail with pond, interpretation panels and a viewing point.
There is a Tea Room (Open 10.30 am – 5.00 pm) with Soup, Sandwiches & Light Lunches. The Visitor Centre is open daily from 10.00 am until 5.30 pm between March and the end of October.
Tel. +353 (0)98 49888