Welcome to Croagh Patrick
It was on Croagh Patrick that Ireland's patron saint fasted for 40 days and nights, and where he reputedly banished venomous snakes. Climbing the 772m holy mountain is an act of penance for thousands of pilgrims on the last Sunday of July (Reek Sunday). The truly contrite take the original 40km route, Tóchar Phádraig (Patrick's Causeway), from Ballintubber Abbey and ascend the mountain barefoot. The climb is becoming increasingly popular with hikers and fell runners, and path erosion has become a problem, although as yet no one has taken responsibility for improvements.
There is a car park at the base of the climb.