Tóchar Daithí Bán
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Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre, Ballycroy Village, Westport, Ballycroy, Mayo, Republic of Ireland
Ms Bríd Colhoun
The Tóchar Daithí Bán Trail is a leisurely walk of just under 2 km and is usually completed in approximately 30 -40 minutes.
The trail starts close to the front door of the new Visitor Centre for Ballycroy National Park and finishes at the Tearoom which enjoys views of Achill Island. This Visitor Centre is situated in the Village of Ballycroy. The trail is named after mythical giant Daithí Bán who built a fortress on Ballycroy National Park’s tallest mountain, Corslieve. He would regularly walk down to the sea and use the three islands between Ballycroy and Doohooma Head as stepping stones.
The Tóchar Daithí Bán marker post at the front of the Visitor Centre guides you onto a gravel and boardwalk trail which winds around Cleary’s Hill. The first point of interest along the route is our Dipping Pond. The pond features distinctive bog plants such as bogbean and around it can be found marsh pennywort and marsh violets. This is also a great location for spotting dragonflies and damselflies.
As the loop continues you are afforded views to the east of the Nephin Beg Mountain Range which is an integral feature of the National Park. The heathers and gorse provide vibrant splashes of colour and fragrance almost all year round.
Approximately half way on the trail there is a viewing point which can be accessed by taking a gentle ascent to the summit of Cleary’s Hill. There are panoramic views across the Nephin Beg mountain range and over to Achill Island. The panoramic views of mountains and sea are breathtaking.
Walkers rejoin the main loop by descending along the same trail continuing around Cleary’s Hill. It terminates at the rear of the Visitor Centre which has picnic tables on an outdoor patio area and the entrance to our tearooms.