Croagh Patrick, County Mayo

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Hike along the sacred paths of Croagh Patrick, the site of pagan and Christian pilgrimages. Nicknamed "the Reek" by locals, the mountain breaks up the flat landscape by rising 764 m (2,507 ft) into the air. Once a pagan destination, it is now named for Saint Patrick. Once a year, thousands of pilgrims climb the mountain on their journey. For centuries a chapel has stood at the summit where the faithful go to pray. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring a backpack with sunscreen, water, and snacks. Alternatively, view the mountain from a distance and take some photos. Using our online itinerary creator, Murrisk attractions like Croagh Patrick can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I wouldn't be the most experienced hiker or climber but this was an amazing experience. We got a beautiful day with the skies completely blue. It was tough in places and a little daunting if afraid of...  more »
  • We went at the end of January on a partly clear and very windy day. It took us 2 hours to get to the top. Get a stick, some water (and carry in a light backpack, not in your hand) and wear light gears...  more »
  • I braced this hill on a very cold winters morning but it was clear and the views were spectacular, well worth every step on this rocky climb. We rewarded ourselves with a nice hot chocolate at the cof...  more »
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  • Very enjoyable, but not for the faint of heart. Walked alone, and loved it. Cool at the top & would recommend gloves. Found the final ascent on south side tough, but the descent even tougher. Would recommend to anyone. My 7 yr old nephew climbed earlier this year, so it's not beyond the realm of possibility for most
  • Not recommended as a leisure walk, nice scenery but would not recommend to anyone not looking to pay penance. Very difficult to chat with other walkers, and all attention is directed toward foot placement rather than enjoying the walk. Very tough walk as rocks constantly slipping under feet. Dogs not allowed at all according to sign on fence. Would not recommend bringing dog up, as is very tough and uncomfortable for their paws (we carried our collie down at parts as too tough for her). Nice scenes from bottom of mountain and from first plateau but no major differences once summit is reached. Personally would not recommend to anyone as an enjoyable activity.
  • This is an unrelenting climb, scrambling up and over rocks in (possibly very) high wind - but the scenery from the top is worth it! If you can't make it all the way, the ridge around halfway or even before offer tremendous views across Clew Bay and beyond. Coming down is more straightforward - weather dependent of course.
  • Amazing trekking experience. Watch for weather before starting your climb as it gets difficult on upper part to climb during rain and during heavy winds.
  • A great pilgrimage, a penance not for the faint hearted. On a natural level, a great climb with fantastic views.

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