The Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre, Teach na Miasa, is situated in Murrisk on the Pilgrim's path at the base of Croagh Patrick mountain and opposite the National Famine Monument.
The Walsh family, who run Teach na Miasa, aim to provide for the needs of pilgrims, climbers, archaeologists and nature lovers who visit this beautiful part of Ireland. Teach na Miasa means the house of the dishes. The road on which the centre is built is known as 'Bóthar na Miasa' ( ' The road of the dishes ' ) and it is reputed that the monks of nearby Murrisk Abbey washed their utensils in the stream which runs alongside.
Call into the Centre for information on the history and archaeology of The Holy Mountain. There are also many services and facilities available:
- tasty hot food at the family restaurant
- hot showers
- secure lockers
- Selection of Crafts - sourced locally
- Books on local history & archaeology
- Walking sticks
- Socks, Raingear
- T-shirts with logos
A Coffee Shop Self-service Restaurant is open at the visitor centre to cater for visitor needs. The restaurant seats 50 inside and another 40 outside on a terrace where both the food and the view can be savoured.
Groups and bus tours are welcome and can be catered for with advance notice.
Guided tours to the Statue are available from the Centre during peak season with advance notice. These tours also give information on Clew Bay, the National Famine Monument and Murrisk Abbey, all of which can be seen from the Statue. The Information Centre is a half way stop on the archaeological trail from Westport to Louisburgh promoted by the Croagh Patrick Archaeology Committee and Westport Tourism.
History of Teach na Miasa
The director of Archaeological Excavations on the summit of Croagh Patrick, Gerry Walsh, and his wife Gabrielle opened the Croagh Patrick Information Centre at the foot of the mountain in March 2000. The Centre stems from the interest shown by the thousands of pilgrims and climbers in the archaeological discoveries on the summit.
Gerry realised that people would like more information in an accessible and user-friendly way and he set about making his dream a reality. He also reaalised that people visiting the mountain were not being supplied with general information on the South Mayo region, an area of unspoilt natural beauty, so he decided to incorporate this into the Centre.
The building housing the Centre maintains the natural appeal of the area with a profile which blends in with the existing environment.