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“Bog Enlightenment”

Ballycroy National Park
Ranked #7 of 50 things to do in Westport
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

This is a great place for those who wish to get to grips with the importance of bogs to our ecosystem - local, European and global. The centre itself is located to give ease of access to those who are traveling by road. It has a 'light' interpretive touch and the staff with whom we talked were very helpful. Guided tours are available. Well worth a well-planned visit. The centre has good amenities including free WiFi. There is a very good café, Ginger and Wild with great homemade baking by an amiable patron, Nicoise Jean-Pierre.

1  Thank John B
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

This is a superb visitor centre with excellent exhibits and very knowledgeable staff. You never know what you are going to get when you visit one of the various centres around the country but I found this one to be top of my list and would return. My understanding of the landscape is vastly improved and the cameo films by local people on different subjects were charming and all the more moving for their simple directness and lack of professional coaching......they were talking to you from their homes and as friends would talk together.
The Ginger and Wild Cafe in the centre has absolutely fabulous homemade food and very friendly staff.
Two or three hours spent here are well worth it. The centre is very modern, has wonderful views across to the Mullet Peninsula and a boardwalk walk around the local moorland that families can do easily.

1  Thank IsobelM777
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Celtic Rider, our motorcycle tour company recommended this stop and we were very pleased that they did. Ballycroy National Park encompasses 11,000 acres of Atlantic blanket bog surrounding the Nephin Beg mountain range. This is the visitor centre for the park and learning about the bog was fascinating. We wished we'd made time for the connected walk outside. Of course, you can also take longer hikes if you choose. We did have time for tea and that was worth the stop all on its own. You climb stairs to a simple, bright room with a lovely view, fabulous snacks, coffee, and tea, and a wonderful, chatty, friendly host. What a breath of fresh Irish country air.

1  Thank Ken078
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Well worth while visit, as a Chauffeur I was greeted at the door with my Canadian guests, by a very friendly Fintan, Nice to be received by a smiling warm person, it's what we need to greet our visitors. then go up stairs to coffee shop & meet Jean Pierre, try his delicious Columbian coffee & have a chat with him. Well worth a visit.

Thank Thomas F
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

Just a short drive from Mulranny and Achill lies the hidden gem that is Ballycroy National Park.Situated in an area of beautifully unspoilt wilderness I can highly recommend a visit.From the genuinely warm welcome you receive on arrival to the detailed information and history of the park imparted passionately by the friendly and knowledgeable staff a vist to Ballycroy will be enjoyed by people of all ages.There is an excellent interpretive area on the lower ground floor that is perfect for kids and adults alike.Outside there is the lovely Daithi Ban 2km loop walk that leads you on a gentle circular walk with stunning 360 degree views.The walk is part gravel path and board walk and again suitable for all ages.And finally when you have done all this you simply must visit the tea rooms on the top floor back in the Interpretive Centre.A small menu but with delicious fresh food served (and dangerously tasty homemade cakes !!) in beautiful surroundings by friendly and attentive staff who have a great passion and pride in Ballycroy.So if you have a couple of hours to spare while visiting Mulranny/Achill area a visit to Ballycroy National Park is a must and highly recommended.They say that the best things in life are free and indeed they are.....admission into Ballycroy National is FREE!!!

1  Thank PeadarMac
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