Explore Ballycroy National Park
Covering nearly 12,000 hectares of County Mayo, The Ballycroy National Park was established in 1998 and its visitor centre opened in 2009. Part of the Park is made up of the 27,000 acres of the Nephin Beg range, which has been designated Ireland’s first wilderness area, signaling a positive future for this island’s wild landscapes.
The waymarked Bangor Trail is an ancient trail once used by drovers herding their animals from the wilds of North Mayo to sell in Newport. The lonely long-distance path that runs for 30 miles from Bangor Erris south to Newport through the heart of the Nephin Beg Mountain Range, 15 miles of it through wild and deserted terrain, is a true challenge for strong and determined walkers. The Great Western Greenway allows walkers and cyclists alike to drink in the beauty of the mountains’ landscape as well as Clew Bay and Clare Island. Running for 26 miles, it is the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland.