Boat in Dark Sky

    Groups & Tours

    We offer free services to all interested groups. We have special programmes available and we can tailor visits to suit requirements. This could involve talks, walks and indoor and outdoor activities.

    1. We offer OUTREACH service to community groups about the effects of Light Pollution and the simple measures you and your community can take towards reducing its effects.

    2. VISIT US IN BALLYCROY for a Guided Tour of the visitor centre site and learn about Mayo Dark Sky Park.

    3. Explore the night with National Park Education guides? We offer activities such as Bat Walks, Moth Trapping Sessions and Night Time Wildlife Walks.


    4.  Book a Talk on Mayo Dark Sky Park, Stargazing Session or Dark Sky Walk with our Dark Sky Development Officer.  Conditions for stargazing are weather dependent.  The best time to enjoy the night skies is in the winter months (outsider of peak season).


    How to Book

    Ballycroy Visitor Centre is open 10am to 5.30pm from February to November.

    Bookings will be taken via

    To contact our Dark Sky Development Officer, email

    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.


    Wild Nephin National Park,
    Ballycroy Visitor Centre,
    National Parks & Wildlife Service,
    Ballycroy Village,
    Co. Mayo
    +353 (0)98 49 888