Camping Policy


The definition of a National Park is:


A natural area of land and/or sea designated to protect the ecological integrity of one or more

ecosystems for present and future generations, exclude exploitation or occupation inimical to the

purposes of designation of the area and to provide a foundation for spiritual, scientific, educational,

recreational and visitor opportunities, all of which must be environmentally and culturally



The provision of visitor accommodation is a matter for the communities who live close to the Park.

No accommodation services are provided within the Park itself. However, it is recognised that

some visitors, seeking a wilderness experience, undertake multi-day mountaineering journeys in the

mountains. These visitors wish to experience “wilderness camping” in remote areas. Such camping

is permitted within the Park subject to a code of practise known as “the Camping Code”. Camping

in this context includes bivouacking without a tent. The code is outlined on the reverse of this sheet.


Requirement for Written Permits.


A written permit is required:

  1. For groups consisting of more than ten people.
  2. When it is proposed to light a campfire, regardless of group size.
  3. Applications for 1 and 2 (above) should be made to the Park Manager in writing, inperson or by telephone at least seven working days (preferably longer) before the proposed camping trip.
  4. Permit requests for events which include camping should be made at least seven days (preferably longer) prior to the proposed event.
  5. Persons camping under permit must produce that permit on request for inspection by members of the Park Staff.


Camping without a Permit.

Camping activities other than those listed above are permitted without the requirement for a permit.

There is no requirement to inform Park Staff in advance. However Park Staff will be pleased to give

useful advice if requested.



National Park Boundary

Visitors should realise that not all the lands in the Nephin Beg Mountain Range and Owenduff Bog

areas are National Park owned land. Many areas are privately owned, and access to these lands is

not a right; it is a matter for individual landowners.


Visitors wishing to camp in the National Park MUST check that they are within the Park

boundaries by


Referring to the boundary shown on Ordnance Survey and other maps:




Wild Nephin Map


OSI Discovery Series 23 & 31 (1:50,000)



Enquiring at the National Park Visitor Centre (Tel 098 49 888)


Enquiring at the National Park Headquarters (Tel 098 49 996).


Camping Code & Conduct (pdf)

Camp Fire Permit Application (PDF)