On the last Sunday in July every year – Reek Sunday – up to 25,000 pilgrims from all over the world climb the mountain, which forms the southern part of an amphitheatre-styled u-shaped valley created by a glacial flow into Clew Bay in the last Ice Age.
The mountain is renowned for its pilgrimages dating back to the time of St Patrick’s fast on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights in 441.
Since this time the custom has been handed down faithfully from generation to generation to the present day. On the last Sunday of July every year people come in their thousands to climb its slopes, some to look, others to pray and a lot still climb it bare foot. It's an amazing experience, costs nothing and produces a feeling of achievement that lasts a lifetime. Why not come and enjoy the fun?
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