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Our trek on Croagh Patrick was one of the highlights of our vacation, although it was not a walk in the park. We were not expecting the difficulty of the trail, not because of the steepness or distance, but because of the terrain: loose skree...More
We climbed one morning in early October. It was a beautiful clear day. You couldn't really get a better day for doing the climb.
We found the going tough. We are in our early sixties. We were glad we had brought our walking poles with...More
This is a MUST on the West Coast à of Ireland. Large car park. Very helpful information centre where hot and cold meals can be bought plus a well stocked gift shop.
The cloud formations over the mountain top are beautiful too.
This is an amazing historical mountain with equally amazing views but be prepared. The hike up is very rocky, It actually looks like a river of rocks and it is beyond my imagination how anyone could do this in bare feet during the annual pilgrimage....More
It was always in my bucket list to climb croagh Patrick. I decided to climb it on my 60th birthday. It was the best present I could have asked for,I started climbing at 8 in the morning, had the place to myself. I was blessed...More
We visited here in September with a family of 2 adults and 3 kids ranging in age from 17 down to 10. This was on my hubbys bucket list for awhile! You really need a good level of fitness. Myself and youngest daughter who is...More
All in all it took us about 5 hours - two up, one at the top and two down roughly. There was three of us, my daughter was 10 at the time and we are not the fittest but it was doable. Having had a...More
In August we were lucky to pick a clear day for our climb of Croagh Patrick. I wasn't sure how the kids would fair (6-13 years old) but they surprised me and were well able and ahead of me on climb. I took it easy...More
We were in Westport last year prior to me having major surgery and my wife said we should climb the mountain but I said if all went well we would come back and both climb it.
So we visited Mayo again and last Sunday we...More
We stayed in a B&B nearby, so we could see Croagh Patrick from our garden. Of course we had to climb it. It tool us about hours from the start to the summit and back. We were not in a hurry, stopped a couple of...More
Not going to lie, it's a tough climb even for a reasonably fit adult in decent weather, about 2 hours going up and hour and a half coming back down, a lot of it is very rocky and steep. If the weather is bad (and this is... More
Not going to lie, it's a tough climb even for a reasonably fit adult in decent weather, about 2 hours going up and hour and a half coming back down, a lot of it is very rocky and steep. If the weather is bad (and this is Ireland after all!), it can be very treacherous. That's not to say that children can't do it, plenty have done it, but if your daughter isn't keen, it might be best at first to climb say a third of the way up to start with to get an idea of the climb. It's definitely a worthwhile experience though if you make it to the top. Good luck!