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“A Real discovery”

Ballycroy National Park
Ranked #7 of 49 things to do in Westport
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Very interesting, expecially the exhibition on the Iniskea Whaling Station of the late 19th and early 20th century which has some excellent old photos. Well worth a visit - and free.

Thank Patrick C
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

This is an excellent Visitors centre which focuses on "Blanket Bogs" but also on life in Mayo in the past. There is also an excellent café in the centre which also has wi fi. It is well worth a visit.

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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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