Westport to Clifden
Spectacular mountain ranges dominate the next stage of the Wild Atlantic Way between Clew Bay and Killary Harbour.
The first of these appears just after leaving Westport - Croagh Patrick – Ireland's sacred mountain. According to legend, St. Patrick spent 40 days and nights fasting, praying and doing penance on this mountain and at the same time banishing snakes from the island of Ireland. Evidence has been found that Croagh Patrick was a place of great importance in the pre-Christian era. A Celtic hill fort was discovered encircling the summit of the mountain.
Continuing in a southerly direction the Wild Atlantic Way meanders through the valleys of Doo Lough and Delphi finally reaching Ireland's only fjord – Killary harbour, extending 15 km inwards, sheltered on all sides by lush green meadows.
Majestic mountain peaks, magic sandy beaches and continuously changing landscapes are the landmarks of the Connemara National Park. Clifden, the capital of Connemara and the aptly named Sky Road offer stunning views over the Atlantic and the islands lying off the coast.