Where is Croagh Patrick?
Croagh Patrick is situated near the town of Westport in County Mayo, Ireland. It is approximately 92 km from Galway City and 230 km from Dublin City. The main pilgrimage route originates at the Carpark/Visitor Centre in the village of Murrisk, 8km outside Westport, Co. Mayo.
How can I get there?
Westport is served by both bus and train from Dublin and Galway. The Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre is a further 8 km west of the town of Westport. Bus Eireann bus and taxis are available from Westport to the Visitor Centre. The nearest airport is Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC) providing flights to and from Britain and European airports. Shannon Airport provides flights to and from the U.S. and is 180 km from Westport. Dublin Airport also provides air access to and from many worldwide destinations. Check out the airline website www.ryanair.com and www.aerlingus.ie
What are the weather conditions likely to be?
Generally it is best to climb in Spring, Summer and Autumn (March-October). Occasional showers blow in over the bay so raingear is advisable. Find out more at www.met.ie
How high above sea level is Croagh Patrick?
Croagh Patrick rises to a height of 2510 feet/765m above sea level.
How long does the climb take?
Normally, it takes about two hours for the average person to reach the summit, and one and a half hours to descend. What equipment is necessary for the climb? It is advisable to take sturdy footwear, rainwear and some drinking water. Climbing sticks are for rent/sale at the Centre.
Can I take my car part of the way?
You may drive to the car park adjacent to the Visitor Centre, but from there it's foot power only.
What services are provided at the Centre?
The Centre provides the following facilities: restaurant, information services. guided tours of the mountain. packed lunches. secure lockers, craft shop, shower facilities (for a nominal fee).
Is it difficult to get accommodation in high season?
Westport is a well developed tourist town and there are many hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments to cater for your needs. There are also a number of B&B establishments located in close proximity to Croagh Patrick, in Murrisk, Lecanvey and Louisburgh. Advanced booking is recommended, however.
Can goods bought in the Centre's Craft shop be mailed on for me?
Yes, we provide a mail forwarding service for the convenience of customers.
Spring Season (Mid March, April and May) 10.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m
High Season (June through August) 10.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Shoulder Season (September and October) 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Low Season (November through early March) Limited opening hours at weekends.
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I am interested in joining a group pilgrimage - who should I contact?
For group pilgrimage enquiries call: +353 (0) 98 28871