Ballycroy National Park is open for the new season Young Luke

Ballycroy National Park visitor centre reopens for the 2015 season today, Good Friday, with a series of special events for all ages. Ballycroy National Park covers 11,000 hectares in area and comprises the Nephin Beg Mountain Range and the Owenduff Bog, the largest intact active blanket bog in Ireland.

The visitor centre houses an interactive exhibition on the special landscape, habitats, and species of the national park. There is a short nature trail (Tóchar Daithí Bán ) with a viewing point which offers stunning panoramic views of Achill Island to the west and the Nephin Beg mountain range to the east.

Tomorrow, Saturday, from 12 noon to 4pm a self-guided children’s treasure hunt will take place. On Easter Monday from 3pm to 4pm a guided walk of the Tóchar Daithí Bán nature trail will take place. The meeting point is the visitor centre’s reception. On Wednesday April 8 from 2.30pm to 4pm a Plover Club for children will take place, numbers are limited and children must be accompanied by an adult.

On Thursday April 9 from 3pm to 4pm a guided walk of the Tóchar Daithí Bán nature trail will take place. The meeting point is the visitor centre’s reception again.

From April to the end of September the visitor centre is open seven days a week. The centre is located in the village of Balllycroy along the N59 between Mulranny and Bangor Erris, and the Ginger and Wild tea-room serves a range of coffees and home-made treats.

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