On the way from Achill Island to Connemara we made a short stop in Murrisk. Although we didn’t climb Croagh Patrick at that time, it was nice to wander around the Murrisk Abbey and take a few pictures.
Croagh Patrick (764 m) is the third highest mountain in County Mayo (after Mweelrea and Nephin). It is 8 kilometres from Westport, above the villages of Murrisk and Lecanvey. It forms the southern part of a U-shaped valley created by a gacier flowing into Clew Bay in the last Ice Age.
Croagh Patrick (its name come from Irish Cruach Phádraig, meaning “(Saint) Patrick’s Stack”) is an important site of pilgrimage and it is climbed by pilgrims on Reek Sunday (the last Sunday in July) every year.