Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail
The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail is a 61km linear walk that combines ancient monastic heritage with County Mayo's lush mountain scenery and stunning Clew Bay views. This impressive trail is a truly satisfying way to explore this corner of the Wild Atlantic Way. The walk takes three days to complete, traversing County Mayo's exceptional coastal and mountain scenery.
With mixed terrain including quiet stone-walled roads, farmland, forest and field paths, bog roads, and open moorland, this moderate walk ascends 310m, mainly on the last leg. Starting from the village of Balla in East Mayo and ending in picturesque Murrisk at the foot of Croagh Patrick, one of Ireland's most important pilgrimage sites, the trail unfolds onto the stunning shores of Clew Bay.
Boasting incredible scenery and exceptional views of mighty Croagh Patrick itself, this route gives walkers the very best of Mayo. From swathes of rich farmland, forest paths, and bog lands to the diverse tapestry of ancient heritage sites and lively villages, every step of this walk is a joy.
After a day's walking, walkers can relax and enjoy some refreshment in one of Murrisk's two pubs and embrace more Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick vistas from the village.
The mountain views on this trail are simply spectacular, with the majestic quartzite pyramid of Croagh Patrick dominating the land south of Clew Bay since before Christian times.