Ballycroy is located along the northwest coast of Mayo on the N59 between Mulranny and Banor Erris. It is in the Barony of Erris and boasts some of the most wild and rugged landscape in the West. It is home to the Ballycroy National Park and Wildlife Visitors Centre located in the centre of the village. The village also has two pubs, a post office, church, grocery shops and a Community Centre.
A lovely day out for all ages Ballycroy National Park is the largest active blanket bog system in western Europe. Located in the small village of Ballycroy (Baile Cruaich, the town of turf or hay stacks) between Mulranny and Bangor
Situated on the very edge of the country, along
the aptly named WIld Atlantic Way, Belmullet (“Mouth of the Mullet”) is an isthmus,
positioned between the bays of Blacksod and Broadhaven and somewhat sheltered from the
wild Atlantic Ocean, which stretches for thousands of miles westwards.
Blacksod Bay is the other large bay, encompassing the Mullet Peninsula, with the town of Belmullet to the north and Blacksod to the south.
Protection signifies a common and ancient attribute - love. We protect what we care about, what we think is important, that which has a place in our hearts and we do so with words or with silence, with our hands, our body or with just a cover.
Blacksod Bay may seem like an unlikely place to have a connection to a strategic World War II operation, but this remote lighthouse on the southern end of the Mullet Peninsula in Erris, on the edge of Europe, far from the action, played a pivotal role in one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century--the D-Day landings in France.
So beautiful and remote is the Mullet Peninsula that it won the Irish Times “Best Place to Go
Wild” competition in 2014, citing its balance of remoteness, wilderness, unspoilt natural
beauty and array of activities in its selection.
The term was coined in 2011 by Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, but the route was always there.
The Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) spans from Ireland’s most northerly point, Malin Head in
Donegal to its most southerly, Mizen Head in Cork, taking in Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Galway,
Clare, and Kerry along the way. 2,500 kilometres of stunning coastline, staggering cliffs,
windswept lighthouses, Blue Flag beaches and national parks make this a special route.