Dark Sky Viewing Points

    We have created three signature Dark Sky viewing points at easily accessible locations around the dark sky park. All of these sites have qualified as “Gold Tier” quality under the International Dark-sky Association criteria.

    BALLYCROY NATIONAL PARK VISITOR CENTRE

    Indoor and outdoor seated areas, toilet facilities and extensive car parking. Here you can take the “Tóchar Daithi Bán” (a 2km looped walk) to the elevated plateau of Cleary’s hill for a panoramic view of the night.

    The Visitor Centre and interpretive exhibition is open from March to November but the boardwalk and car park are open all-year round.

    • Wheelchair accessible.
    • There is a lighting curfew in place at this site. Lighting may be on during events and at other agreed times to facilitate public safety.
    • Nearest town – Ballycroy village 1km.
    • Grid Reference Point: F 80704 09792
    • GPS Co-ordinates: 54.024505, -9.823505

    CLAGGAN MOUNTAIN COASTAL TRAIL

    The site has excellent parking and viewing facilities with the option to walk a 2km trail along a stunning coastal bay boardwalk route.

    Here you can observe the night sky from your car or walk to a more secluded spot overlooking Bellacragher Bay.

    • Wheelchair accessible. No artificial lighting on site.
    • Nearest town – Mulranny 5.5km
    • Grid Reference Point: F 82330, 02382
    • GPS Co-ordinates: 53.95745, -9.79335

    ROBERT LLOYD PRAEGER CENTRE

    At the edge of Wild Nephin Wilderness, this is our darkest and most remote site accessible by car. There is a stone bothy open 24 hours for shelter, if required. This is an excellent viewing point for all users and is the starting point for various forest trails and looped walks.

    • Car parking and easy road access for cars, cyclists and walkers.
    • Wheelchair accessible.
    • No artificial lighting on site.
    • Nearest town – Newport (13km).
    • Grid reference Point: F 96884, 05585
    • GPS Co-ordinates : 53.98932, -9.57282

    Welcome to Mayo Dark Sky Park. Mayo is now home to Ireland’s first International Dark Sky Park, showcasing some of the darkest, most pristine skies in the world.

    Where the darkest skies reveal the brightest stars.

    CONTACT INFO

    Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre,
    National Parks & Wildlife Service,
    Ballycroy Village,
    Co. Mayo

    +353 (0)98 49 888



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