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“Well worth the aches and pains”
Review of Croagh Patrick

Croagh Patrick
Ranked #4 of 199 things to do in County Mayo
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Owner description: One of the oldest religious sites in Ireland, this mountain is home to an 11th century monastery.
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Climed Croagh Patrick yesterday Sept 29th. I would not be the fittest person in the world but something I always wanted to do! It took me 2.5 hours to reach the top and so worth it. Filled with amazing sense of achievement at the top looking at the spectacular views! Coming down I found much harder as the stones give way and lots of slipping but definitely worth it all.

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

My cousin and I hiked Croagh Patrick in mid-August 2012. We hiked with people of all ages and a few happy dogs. It took us 2 hours to reach the top. At the beginning of the trail we were bitten by teeny tiny flying insects (mosquitos ?) which bit our exposed arms, but not through clothing. That motivated us to keep moving. During our climb, we saw 4 barefoot people hiking to the top. It is definitely a difficult hike with continuous challenge ... think stair-master for 2 hours ... but it is do-able, you just have to stick to it. There are sharp rocks and loose rocks which cause you to slide due to lack of traction. I recommend the hiking sticks that you can rent in the parking lot for 3 euro and be sure to wear sturdy, comfortable hiking footwear. The climb down is difficult in certain spots due to the steepness of the terrain. Water is a must and maybe a snack - be sure to take out all of your trash and empty water bottles to keep this place beautiful. It is cool and windy at the top so bring warm clothing. This was my first time climbing Croagh Patrick and wont be my last!!

2  Thank LeeAnn S
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

I have climbed this mountain many times and have enjoyed it each time. It offers a nice combination of aerobic activity and excellent scenery. When you reach the top of the mountain, there is a small chapel that is sometimes open to the public. My wife and I like this area so much that we chose it for the location of our wedding. We had a great time escorting 30 of our closest friends and family up the steep trail to the top. Fortunately, the weather was mostly nice on the day of the wedding and we could see for miles in every direction.

If you go, make sure to plan for changing weather conditions. It often happens that it is nice and sunny at the parking lot and then cold, windy, and rainy by the time you reach the top. You should bring a rain-proof jacket with you and carry plenty of water. There are bathroom facilities at the top of the mountain but there is no drinking water to be found. There is a freshwater stream that runs along part of the trail, but drinking this water would be unwise due to the sheep activity in the area. You should also strongly consider the use of a hiking stick. The rocks near the top are quick loose and the trail can become quite dangerous in spots.

If you hike the main route (starting in Murrisk), you will likely find lots of other people on the trail. There are other routes that you could take to get away from the crowds, but these are best left to those who know the way. Countless people have tried to blaze their own trails and have ended up in need of mountain rescue. If you really want to find a different route, you could ask about guides in the towns of Murrisk and Lecanvey. You might be able to find a nice local guide in one of the pubs at the base of the mountain.

Regardless of how you make it to the top, you will be glad to have made the trek. The mountain can be enjoyed on a cloudy, rainy day, but the views are often obscured by cloud. Try to pick a day on which you can actually see the top of the mountain. There's no guarantee that it'll be clear by the time you make it to the top, but if it is you'll be in for quite a treat.

2  Thank kasejason
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

Climbed this over the weekend - the views on the way up and at the top are WELL worth the pain. Its simply amazing at the top. Its looks daunting from the bottom, but the climb is very "do-able". The final 300-400 meters is the toughest - lots of shale rock that gives way underfoot.

Its nearly as hard coming down as it is going up - the rock shale gives way a lot and slipping is inevitable.! Wear hiking boot and decent protective clothing.

Take a camera as the views over the bay are breathtaking...

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Reviewed July 26, 2012 via mobile

Our round trip took 3.5 hours.
It's mainly a steep walk over loose stones and it'd be easy to hurt an ankle.
The views are spectacular tho.
The friendly sheep at the top appreciate those willing to share a sandwich ;)
Bring water and snacks as its a long and tiring day!

1  Thank Cands1
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