Hiking & Walking

The red line is the boundary of the park and the dotted lines are hiking trails.

The main route through the park is the Bangor Trail which starts in Bangor Erris and finishes in Newport (approx.30 KM) and vice versa.

Bangor Trail Leaflet (PDF)


Hiking Trails also start at the Brogan Carrol Bothy (Newport – 10km): Letterkeen Loop Walk


Ballycroy National Park comprises 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range.

To the west of the mountains is the Owenduff bog. This is one of the last intact active blanket bog systems in Ireland and Western Europe.

The main body of the park is ideal for those wishing to hike in remote and wild areas and as such is recommended for experienced hillwalkers.

Hiking / Walking / Camping

Wild Nephin Map

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

Bangor Trail


Advice to Visitors


  • Hill walking in the Park can only be recommended for walkers with suitable outdoor clothing and equipment.
  • Do not venture into the hills alone.
  • Know your limits and those of your friends walking with you.
  • Inform a competent person of your walking trip and estimated time of return.
  • We are happy to act as your contact – Phone 00 353 98 49888 for more info
  • Take litter away with you.
  • Leave wild flowers for everyone to enjoy. Photograph or sketch them instead of picking them.
  • If you bring dogs to the Park, keep them on a leash.
  • The National Park is an enjoyable experience but must be treated with respect.
  • If you wish to camp in the Park please download and follow the guidelines required: Camping Code (pdf)



Please contact us if you have any questions



00 353 98 49888