Hotels Near Croagh Patrick
8km (5 miles) west of Westport on the Louisburgh Road (R335), Croagh Patrick (pronounced Croke Patrick) stands at 764m (2,507ft), and is the third highest peak in Mayo. Croagh Patrick is 9.3km and a quick 10 minute drive from Westport Woods Hotel & Spa making our hotel the perfect base for anyone who is planning on climbing Croagh Patrick. Our hotel offers fantastic accommodation, great dining options as well as a spa and health club. Book direct today for best rates and offers.
The famous summit of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. The religious significance of Croagh Patrick dates back to the time of the pagans, when people are thought to have gathered here to celebrate the beginning of harvest season. The mountain now takes the name of Ireland’s patron saint, who, according to Christian tradition, fasted at the peak of the mountain for 40 days in 441.
Each year, The Reek which the summit is known as attracts about 1 million pilgrims, many of whom spend the last Sunday in July climbing to the summit in honour of St Patrick. At the top, there is a modern and iconic chapel where mass is celebrated and confessions are heard. Participants also have the opportunity to take in panoramic views of Clew Bay and the surrounding area.
The most popular route to the summit begins at the west end of Murrisk on the Louisburgh Road (R335) at the signposted carpark. The route is 7km (4.3 miles) long, round-trip; bring sturdy boots, rain-gear and
layers, as the temperature can be much lower at the top, and the wind can be quite strong.
The Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre includes a coffee shop/self-service restaurant, as well as a craft shop. Hot showers, secure lockers and pay and display parking are also available. Guided tours to the Statue (en-route to the summit), are available from the Centre during peak season with advance notice.
See What our Guests Have to Say:
"Hotel is very clean and food is good while the swimming pool and spa is just what you need after the challenge of Croagh Patrick. The local bars are expert at delivering the perfect pint of guinness and local mussels is a must to try"
'The Area is a Scenic Feast'
"A very pleasant experience. Hotel has lovely staff, good enough food and facilties in excellent settings. Would revisit. The area is a scenic feast and Westport House is worth a visit as is Croagh Patrick and the coast road to Galway is amazing."