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Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo

Lonely Planet’s 1,000 Ultimate Adventures ranks climbing Croagh Patrick in Mayo as its ultimate

One of our Ireland's most visited pilgrimage sites, the Holy mountain of Croagh Patrick is a popular spiritual ascent that is surrounded by picturesque views of the Mayo countryside. Widely considered Ireland's holiest mountain with a history tradition of pilgrimage dating back to 5,000 years ago and more recently after St. Patrick fasted 40 days at the top of the mountain in 441AD.

On 'Reek Sunday', the last Sunday in July, over 25,000 pilgrims visit the Reek. At the top, there is a modern chapel where mass is celebrated and confessions are heard. Individuals and groups come from all over the world and include pilgrims, hill climbers, historians, archaeologists and nature lovers.

Croagh Patrick rises to a height of 2510 feet/765m above sea level.  Generally it is best to climb in Spring, Summer and Autumn (March-October). Occasional showers blow in over the bay so raingear is advisable. Normally, it takes about two hours for the average person to reach the summit, and one and a half hours to descend.  It is advisable to take sturdy footwear, rainwear and some drinking water.

Climbing Croagh Patrick whilst touring Mayo, stay with us at the 4 star McWilliam Park Hotel, enjoy complimentary use of our leisure facilities.