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 to learn about Mayo Dark Sky Park and Community Lighting.

    3. Would you like to 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 or a guided tour with our Dark Sky Development Officer.  Conditions for stargazing are weather dependent.  The best time to enjoy the night skies is in the darker months (outsider of peak season).


    How to Book

    OPEN FROM February to November.

    Bookings will be taken via

    Please note that our diary can fill up very quickly. So, please, if you wish to book a place, ring as early as possible.

    We only take bookings by phone (098) 49888

    Our service is FREE

    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