Tour Code: 35469P4
Starting about five miles west of Westport, our hike takes the traditional pilgrim route, with an option to descend via the extraordinary west side of Croagh Patrick.
Our first stop is at the statue of St. Patrick, normally a ten to fifteen minute walk on an easy gradient. Even at this early stage, you will be stunned by the views of Clew Bay and its islands, including the birdlike shape of Dorinish, which was once owned by John Lennon, and the distant guardian of the bay itself – Clare Island, once the home of the pirate Grace O’Malley. Looking north, the serene sweep and breadth of the Nephin mountain range – noted as one of the most remote areas in Ireland – draws your gaze towards the massive cliffs of Croaghaun on Achill Island – the third highest sea cliffs in Europe.We then make our way to the gateway that is the entrance to the Reek ‘wilderness’ beyond. As you ascend, the views become ever more spectacular, as the entire vista of the bay opens up to reveal a hundred more islands. You will learn about these islands and their colorful history, which ones are still inhabited, and which ones you can visit and explore at low tide.The best is yet to come as you approach the shoulder of Croagh Patrick. Here you will be afforded an unrivaled view of the southern wilderness – with the mountain ranges of Partry, Sheaffry and Mweelrea, and into Connemara with its stunning Twelve Bens and Maumturk mountains.