Croagh Patrick Cruach Phádraig
Croagh Patrick, Ireland's sacred mountain, becomes the centre of attention and visual highlight between Westport and Louisburgh. According to legend, Saint Patrick spent 40 days and nights on the mountain, fasting and praying. When a snake tried to attack him during his prayers, he is said to have chased it into the sea, banishing snakes from Ireland forever.
In memory of St. Patrick, Reek Sunday is celebrated here once a year, on the last sunday of July. During this sacred day, thousands of pilgrims come to Croagh Patrick, to ascent the huge mountain, some of them with bare feet or on all fours.
Croagh Patrick is located on the Wild Atlantic Way, approximately 9 kilometres west of Westport.