Croagh Patrick Stables, Westport

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Croagh Patrick, nicknamed the Reek, is a 764m mountain and an important site of pilgrimage in County Mayo, Ireland. It is 8km from Westport, above the villages of Murrisk and Lecanvey. It is the third highest mountain in County Mayo after Mweelrea and Nephin. It is climbed by pilgrims on Reek Sunday every year, which is the last Sunday in July. It forms the southern part of a U-shaped valley created by a glacier flowing into Clew Bay in the last Ice Age. Croagh Patrick is part of a longer east-west ridge; the westernmost peak is called Ben Gorm.NameCroagh Patrick comes from the Irish Cruach Phádraig meaning " Patrick's stack". It is known locally as "the Reek", a Hiberno-English word for a "rick" or "stack". In pagan times it was known as Cruachán Aigle or Cruach Aigle, being mentioned by that name in sources such as Cath Maige Tuired, Buile Shuibhne, The Metrical Dindshenchas, and the Annals of Ulster entry for the year 1113. Cruachán is simply a diminutive of cruach "stack", but it is not certain what Aigle means. It is either from the Latin loan aquila "eagle" or a person's name. In addition to its literal meaning, cruach in the pagan name may also have some connection with Crom Cruach.
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  • Even though it was freezing during our visit, we had an awesome time on the horses. They only take cash and we didn’t have enough, so Vicky drove us to the nearest ATM. She and the other girls were so...  more »
  • Went out nervous .came back feeling they could race with red rum !!!! Vicky and lilly were so relaxed as were the horses. Horses and sea . Winner .  more »
  • Took our 4 yr old for a first experience on a pony. Vicky couldn't have been more helpful, she got back to us promptly and arranged an individual lesson. Snowdrop was ready when we arrived and our dau...  more »
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  • Brilliant stables. Vicky and Martin excel at what they do. Beach treks are an added bonus.
  • What a great experience. Friendly staff and great views from horse back. I will be back soon. Thanks so much for that wonderful day.. horses where very well looked after, what a experience.
  • First time my two children had been on horses. Vicky was great, very patient and explained everything to them on very calm and patient horses. Brilliant time and highly recommend.
  • My 6 year old has had a few lessons here and has loved it. He and my wife went on a beach trek with Coco and it was a wonderful experience for them.
  • Very friendly staff. Great with the kids

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