Croagh Patrick sits majestically overlooking Clew Bay just outside Westport Town. The main pilgrimage route starts in the village of Murrisk where there is a car park and visitors centre.
There is a parking fee, the charges are ‘Pay and Display’ basis, with a rate of one euro for the first hour and fifty cent per hour thereafter.
Croagh Patrick has been a site of pilgrimage for over 5000 years. Saint Patrick choose this mountain as the site for his forty day lenten fast and since then it has become known for its Patrician Pilgrimage. The pilgrimage itself attracts about one million each year with Reek Sunday alone attracting around 25,000 pilgrims alone.
For more details on Croagh Patrick’s Pilgrimage and visitor’s centre click here.
Photography by Tina O’Rourke