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?