Climbing Croagh Patrick
Croagh Patrick is the third highest mountain in Mayo and soars 2507ft, overlooking the majestic Clew Bay. Nicknamed the Reek, it is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland and is well-known for its pilgrimages in honour of St. Patrick.
Murrisk abbey, now ruins, was established in 1457 by Hugh O’Malley, an Augustian friar. The Abbey continued for about 200 years until it went into decline during the 16th and 17th centuries. The L-shaped ruin of the abbey includes the long and narrow church, the sacristy, and the chapter room with overhead dormitory.
THE FAMINE SHIP
To the west of Murrisk Abbey is the National Famine Memorial, commemorating the Great Famine of the 1840’s. The bronze ship sculpture, crafted by John Behan depicts skeletal figures, symbolising the Irish emigrants that died on board the ‘coffin ships’ in appalling conditions.
The beautifully finished community playground is accessible to all children in the area. Providing hours of entertainment with swings and slides and whole host of other fun equipment for the kids to enjoy.
Clew Bay boasts some of the most beautiful beaches along the west coast, namely Bertra, Old Head and Carrowmore. Beautiful to enjoy anytime of the year for swimming, scenic strolls or exploring the tombolo sand dunes.
There are two fantastic pubs in the Murrisk area, within a couple of minutes strolling distance of our accommodation. The Tavern Bar & Restaurant and Campbells Pub are both great for a bite to eat and/or a pint.
MURRISK LOOP WALK
This beautiful and scenic loop walk is a combined mountain lane and footpath walk, offering spectacular views of Clew Bay. The entire Murrisk loop is approximately 5km and takes roughly 2 – 2.5 hours, however, there is a shorter, more popular option that takes roughly 1.5 hours.
Murrisk and Clew Bay have some of the most spectacular views on the west coast. Take a stroll along the bay at sunrise, sunset or any time of the day and you will not be disappointed.
Murrisk pier is a hive of activity with small boats, watersports and pier jumping when the tide is right. Take a stroll down to the local pier for spectacular views, or even join in on the activities for a little excitement.
St Patricks Statue sits at the base of Croagh Patrick, only a 5 minute walk from the accommodation. The stunning views of the Bay from this elevated point alone are spectacular, if the entire climb is not on the agenda.
Clew Bay offers some of the most spectacular sunsets in Ireland. Take in the beautiful scenes from the beautiful beaches and local beauty spots right on our doorstep. Not to be missed!
There are plenty of treks and trails to choose from. Whether a beach ride, splashing through the shallows of the Atlantic, or the hillsides of Croagh Patrick, there is something for everyone.
The Wild Atlantic Way is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world. From the tip of the spectacular Inishowen Peninsula down the West coast of Ireland, it takes in some of the most panoramic views, scenic drives, and impressive hikes.
The popular tourist town of Westport is situated 9.5km away, experience the breath-taking scenery, bustling restaurant, and nightlife.
The Greenway traverses Ireland’s Atlantic coast between Westport town and Achill Island and visits the picturesque villages of Newport and Mulranny (Mallaranny). It passes by some of the West of Ireland’s most dramatic mountains and offers magnificent views of Clew Bay and its many islands.
Highly recommend… everything was superb. The staff were very welcoming, helpful and friendly. Very clean and comfortable, we slept very well during our stay. Suitable for all, couples, families and groups.
Sarah G, Ireland
Stunning place, fantastic people, gorgeous location. An amazing number of small details done incredibly well – just brilliant.
Joseph F, UK
Beautiful place to stay, so warm and welcoming!! The staff are so kind & friendly smile emoticon brilliant for
families, couples & groups! Can cater for everyone’s needs! The location is ideal at the bottom of Croagh Patrick & is laid in front of a lovely scenery with the sea! Will be back in the near future
Roisin D, Ireland
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Croagh Patrick Hostel & Cottages
Hostel, Self-Catering, B&B
Murrisk, Westport, Co. Mayo