From Ireland With Love | Croagh Patrick Photo Essay

Croagh Patrick is situated 5 miles outside of the picturesque town of Westport in Co. Mayo. Known as Ireland’s holiest mountain, it soars 762 metres above the surrounding countryside. People have been flocking to this mountain on pilgrimage for 5,000 years. Legend has it that St. Patrick banished the ‘snakes’ from Ireland from this mountain. Every year on the last Sunday in July over 25,000 pilgrims climb The Reek, some do it barefoot. Those who climb it get to take in the magnificent views of Clew Bay and surrounding area. This was on my Irish wanderlust list and I’m glad to say I got to tick it off the list.

Need To Know

The best time to climb the mountain is between April and September but keep an eye on the weather conditions as sometimes it’s unsafe to climb. It takes 2 hours to climb up the mountain and 1 hour and 30 minutes to come down. It’s advisable to take sturdy footwear, rain gear, water and some food. If you’re driving there is a car park at the base of the mountain with a visitor centre, cafe, kiosk and rest room facilities. When climbing the mountain mind your footing as the stones are loose and you could easily lose your balance.

Have you climbed Croagh Patrick before? Do you think it’s something you’d like to do? What’s your favourite mountain to climb?

Marteen x

Check out these stunning views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay in Co. Mayo, Ireland. Legend has it that St. Patrick banished the 'snakes' from Ireland from this mountain.

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    • Marteen Lane

      Supposedly the word ‘snake’ was a derogatory word for pagans and it’s true then he did by bringing Christianity to Ireland.

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  1. Aperture Of My Soul

    This looks like a great bucket list item. I’ve never done any ‘pilgrimage’ type walk, but this looks like the added beauty of the mountain would be memorable. People have been doing it for 5,000 years! That’s a piece of history I would like to experience. I’m adding it to the list! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. emilykydd1984

    Great pictures, I have always wanted to see the green of Ireland! But congrats on the move to Victoria, I went to uni there and Vancouver Island is just about one of the greatest places on earth! Enjoy!

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    • Marteen Lane

      Thank you Emily 😊 Hopefully you’ll get to visit Ireland soon. I’m so excited about the move to Victoria. I’ve so many wonderful things about it.

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    • Marteen Lane

      I’m so glad! Some people forget about Co. Mayo when they visit Ireland concentrating on Cork/Kerry, the North or Dublin. But Co. Mayo has so much to offer 😊

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  3. Wagtailtravel

    This reminds me a bit of Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka! Ever heard of that? It’s also a mountain used for pilgrimige by the Buddhist people of Sri Lanka! Never knew that Ireland also had something like this!

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