Self Guided Walking Tours

The Pilgrim Walks Of Croagh Patrick


5 days / 4 nights. From €600

Croagh Patrick is Irelands Holy Mountain. Situated on the shores of clew bay near the town of Westport it is the most climbed mountain in Ireland. Travel along paths centuries old where old chariots with Kings and Queens etched their way through hills and marsh to reach their destination of Eagles Mountain or as it is now known Croagh Patrick. You will see ancient buildings and meet local storytellers and enjoy the scenery along the way.

Day 1:

Arrive in Westport and get to see what everybody likes about this town. Designed by James Wyatt in the 18 centaury it is a bustling tourist attraction. Visit the quaint shops and old pubs and relax in the atmosphere of what Westport has to offer. Transfer to you lodge. Dinner tonight in Westport.

Day 2: Ballintubber – Aughagower
Walking time about 5 - 6 hours

Your tour starts at Ballintubber Abbey built in 1216. Originally this was the chariot road that went from Rathcruachan, the seat of the Kings and Queens of Connaught to Aughagower and Cruachan Aille, or Eagle Mountain as Croagh Patrick was called in Pre-Christian times. It’s hard not to feel nostalgic as you follow the path of warrior’s more than 800 years ago. You will finish today’s walk in the medieval village of Aughagower where you will be collected and transferred back to your lodgings.

Day 3: Aughagower - Croagh Patrick
Walking time about 5 - 6 hours 20km + 300m

Your walk today starts in the old village of Aughagower 4km south of Westport. The round tower you see here was built between the years 973 and 1013 as well as a medieval church. At Bohea there is a remarkable rock outcrop decorated with cup and ring marks. From here the setting sun rolls down the side of Croagh Patrick. This solar phenomenon lasts about twenty minutes and is seen at sunset on the 18th of April the 24th of August and the 21st of December. Normally the sun disappears behind the reek, but on the 18th of April and the 24th of August the sun climbs to the top of the reek and then begins to roll down the north side of the mountain as if it is a ball on fire on the edge of a hill. You finish your walk at the foot of the holly mountain. Dinner this evening in a local restaurant

Day 4: Croagh Patrick
Walking time about 4 hours.

After a short trip to the base of Croagh Patrick you make your ascent along the path. The Islands of Clew Bay and the Atlantic Ocean unfold before you and on a sunny day it is said you can see the 365 little Islands dotted in the ocean. Clare Island is off to your right and Achill Island can be seen in the distance. As you reach the summit a panoramic view of the mountains of Mayo and Connemara are all around. Monolithic tombs, burial grounds, ring forts, cooking sites are to be found here.

Day 5:

After breakfast you will be transferred to Westport or alternatively if travelling by car make your own onwards journey. End of walking holiday. Alternative for an extra day there is a walk to Maumean in Connemara

Included:

4 nights double occupancy with private facilities
4 breakfasts
1 picnic lunch
3 dinners (local restaurants or dinners at the b&b)
Day 1: transfer form Westport to your accommodation.
Day 2: transfer to Ballintubber to begin your walk.
Day 3: transfer to Aughagower
Day 4: transfer to Base of Croagh Patrick
Luggage transfers days 1& 5.
Our Road Book with detailed walking itineraries and a map.

Not included

Entrance fees into museums, insurance, drinks, items of personal nature