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 in the village of Murrisk, 8km outside Westport.
How can I get there?
Westport is served by both bus and train from Dublin and Galway. The Croagh Patrick Information Centre is a further 8 km west of the town of Westport. The nearest airport is Knock International Airport providing flights to and from Dublin, 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 summer (April-September). 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 762m 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 sale at the Centre.
Can I take my car part of the way?
You may drive to the car park at the Information Centre, but from there it's foot power only. What does 'Teach na Miasa' mean? It 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.
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. However, we currently do not provide a mail order service.
Is it possible to exchange currency at the Centre?
No, we do not operate a currency exchange service. What are the Centre's business hours? Spring Season (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) 11.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Low Season (November through March) Limited opening hours. Please e-mail email@example.com for details.
Where is Teach na Miasa?
Croagh Patrick is situated five miles from Westport on the R335 road. 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.
I am interested in joining a group pilgrimage - who should I contact?
For group pilgrimage enquiries call: +353 (0) 98 28871