- Interactive exhibition on the habitats of Ballycroy National Park and the surrounding area
- Special Events
- Tea Room with Soup, Sandwiches & Light Lunches
- Nature Trail with pond, interpretation panels and viewing point
For further information please call +353 (0)98 49888
Views to be enjoyed from the Tearoom including Achill Island and Blacksod Bay
The Tearoom at the Visitor Centre serves a selection of light lunches, sandwiches, soup, coffees, teas and cakes. The tearoom at Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre offers splendid views of Ballycroy, Achill Island and Blacksod Bay. Please click here for tearoom page.
Nature Trail – Tóchar Daithí Bán
View of Slieve More (Achill Island) taken from the Nature Trail and Map of Nature Trail
Below are two links with a guide to the plants of the trail (photographic) and a wonderfully illustrated bird guide. Feel free to download and print them out and bring them with you on your visit to help improve your wildlife ID skills. We also can provide a copy on your arrival at the visitor centre, just ask the guide at the desk.
Plants of the Trail: Click here for photographic guide to some common bogland plants (pdf)
Birds of the Trail: Click here for an illustrated guide to some birds that can be seen along the Tóchar (pdf)
We are now taking bookings for schools, third level and all interested groups. To book a day please phone 098 49872/ 098 49888.
Heading out in search of bog life!
The National Park runs an education centre at the Visitor Centre with programmes for visiting primary and secondary schools.
We also can provide lectures, demonstrations and talks for other interested groups and 3rd level students.
Please click here for more details.
Biodiversity Banner – The Interconnected Earth – International Decade for Biodiversity 2010
To launch the International Year of Biodiversity, the Botanic Gardens celebrated with a unique, specially commissioned piece of art that demonstrates the diversity, and intricacy of the Natural World. Interconnected Earth is a 50 foot long banner depicting everything from pollen grains to blue whales all linked through the double helix of a DNA molecule. The banner is on display at Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre (see photo below) as well as the other 5 National Parks in the country. For more details see http://www.botanicgardens.ie/earth/index.html
In the photo are Education Officers from Ballycroy National Park, from left to right; Rose McDonald, Cathy Seale & Bríd Colhoun (2010)
Myth & Folklore Book from Exhibition
Lots of visitors have expressed an interest in the Myth and Folkore book which is part of our exhibition.
Admission is free into the Visitor Centre, all special events, talks and walks free of charge.