Croagh Patrick
Croagh Patrick
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One of the oldest religious sites in Ireland, this mountain is home to an 11th century monastery.
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  • Laura D
    Kilkenny, Ireland22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning view
    This is a hard climb. Sticks are a must. While you see all kinds I do think a basic level of fitness is a must. The steps are great and a huge improvement accordingl to my husband who did it prior to steps. I would say they could do something about the toilets because they are really bad.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
  • rockycoastexplorers
    Boston, Massachusetts7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Obviously not for everyone, but worth it if you do!
    Climbing Croagh Patrick is a wonderful experience. It is more or less an upwards climb the entire way, so frequent breaks are essential. We are of average fitness and it took about 2.5 hours to the top. It was a sunny and relatively warm day for us, but you should be prepared for any (and multiple) types of weather (dress in layers, good shoes), as is typical for mountains. The top section is much better as they are almost done putting steps most of the way, instead of the loose rock, but it is fully exposed, so not for those faint of heights or prone to being off balance. The bathrooms on the mountain were not open or usable. Also, dogs are not allowed due to sheep roaming, so please leave all furry friends at home. Be sure to pay & display parking pass (it's pretty cheap). Once you make it to the top, the views are beautiful and we definitely felt accomplished! Plenty of room to sit and take a break prior to the descent. Be sure to pack water and food.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 July 2023
  • Caroline O
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really worth it
    I went on the first weekend of February with 2 friends. I am not a hiker or climber at all but I do consider myself decently fit. I was nervous about not being fit enough for the climb but I managed. It was tough. Took exactly 4 hours and 23 minutes altogether. It was amazing. The views were beautiful all the way up. I definitely recommend having some hiking boots as the terrain is very uneven. Although people do it in their bare feet so not the end of the world if you dont have any. I also used proper hiking sticks which were very helpful. Bring gloves and layers. It got VERY cold at the top even though we got very lucky with the weather in general. The summit is very steep but worth it for the 360 views.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 February 2024
  • templegater
    84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views
    If you like a hike and are in the area i would well recommend croagh patrick. Start at the car park in Murrisk where there are toilets and shops for drinks/snacks then make your way up the footpath. Would recommend good boots and layers of clothing as conditions can change as you climb. Also waterproofs in case of rain. The climb is steady to a ridge area where the wind is powerful, you can buy sticks at the base which help with balance at this point and on the descent. There are toilets on the way up and at the top should you need them. The last bit is a steep incline which was demanding as we did it in snow but the views at the top are worth it. It took 4 and 1/2 hours frim start to finish and got a great sense of achievement when completed. Give it a go but dont forget to be well equipped.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 March 2024
  • Vincent
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ireland's Holy Mountain is a MUST DO Pilgrimage
    This Holy Mountain is the best pilgrimage spot in Ireland along with Knock & Clonmacnoise. There's a lot of grace available here. I recommend climbing in silence, praying a rosary and meditating on the sorrowful mysteries. The climb could take anywhere from an hour & a half to two hours if you're an experienced hiker. A bit longer if not, and I recommend pacing yourself. It gets steep at parts although it's much easier now that the steps are in & you don't have to worry about all the sliding rocks. Also it's nice with a companion if you're up for some good conversation to help ease any struggle!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 March 2024
  • Carrie K
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of steps to the top and back again
    The views were amazing! Our weather was perfect for a March day! Layers are important as you climb higher the wind and temps will get colder. Slow and steady will get you to the top and back again! This climb is not for the faint of heart. My feet are still sore, but I did it! I would make sure you are in decent shape for the climb. It was an all day experience for our group.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 March 2024
  • Mary D
    Dublin, Ireland221 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great achievement
    A tough climb. You need to be fit. New path is indeed safer but steps are not flat but with jagged edges. Concentration is needed going up and down. I found it caused dizziness. Proper hiking boots thoroughly recommended. I saw so many people with ridiculous shoes. Its a great achievement when you reach the top and even better when you get down!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 May 2024
  • T M
    Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A definite must do while in Mayo
    This holy mountain is truly magnificent and well worth a visit. We stopped for rests along the way which gave us a chance to take in the breathtaking views from this beautiful place. The climb is a tough one but once you are prepared and take your time it can be done. A huge thank you to the wonderful locals who put so much time, energy and hard work into the steps. It made this climb a lot easier than previous ones.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 May 2024
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Claire Byrne
County Clare, Ireland8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Climbed Croagh Patrick with my son. He did it bare foot for personal reasons. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. Very hot lovely day.
Written 22 May 2024
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T M
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This holy mountain is truly magnificent and well worth a visit. We stopped for rests along the way which gave us a chance to take in the breathtaking views from this beautiful place. The climb is a tough one but once you are prepared and take your time it can be done. A huge thank you to the wonderful locals who put so much time, energy and hard work into the steps. It made this climb a lot easier than previous ones.
Written 9 May 2024
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Mary D
Dublin, Ireland221 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
A tough climb. You need to be fit. New path is indeed safer but steps are not flat but with jagged edges. Concentration is needed going up and down. I found it caused dizziness. Proper hiking boots thoroughly recommended. I saw so many people with ridiculous shoes. Its a great achievement when you reach the top and even better when you get down!
Written 6 May 2024
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Carrie K
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The views were amazing! Our weather was perfect for a March day! Layers are important as you climb higher the wind and temps will get colder. Slow and steady will get you to the top and back again! This climb is not for the faint of heart. My feet are still sore, but I did it! I would make sure you are in decent shape for the climb. It was an all day experience for our group.
Written 17 March 2024
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Vincent
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This Holy Mountain is the best pilgrimage spot in Ireland along with Knock & Clonmacnoise. There's a lot of grace available here. I recommend climbing in silence, praying a rosary and meditating on the sorrowful mysteries. The climb could take anywhere from an hour & a half to two hours if you're an experienced hiker. A bit longer if not, and I recommend pacing yourself. It gets steep at parts although it's much easier now that the steps are in & you don't have to worry about all the sliding rocks.

Also it's nice with a companion if you're up for some good conversation to help ease any struggle!
Written 16 March 2024
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templegater
84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
If you like a hike and are in the area i would well recommend croagh patrick. Start at the car park in Murrisk where there are toilets and shops for drinks/snacks then make your way up the footpath.
Would recommend good boots and layers of clothing as conditions can change as you climb. Also waterproofs in case of rain.
The climb is steady to a ridge area
where the wind is powerful, you can buy sticks at the base which help with balance at this point and on the descent. There are toilets on the way up and at the top should you need them.
The last bit is a steep incline which was demanding as we did it in snow but the views at the top are worth it.
It took 4 and 1/2 hours frim start to finish and got a great sense of achievement when completed.
Give it a go but dont forget to be well equipped.
Written 5 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Caroline O
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
I went on the first weekend of February with 2 friends.
I am not a hiker or climber at all but I do consider myself decently fit.
I was nervous about not being fit enough for the climb but I managed.

It was tough. Took exactly 4 hours and 23 minutes altogether.
It was amazing. The views were beautiful all the way up.

I definitely recommend having some hiking boots as the terrain is very uneven. Although people do it in their bare feet so not the end of the world if you dont have any. I also used proper hiking sticks which were very helpful.

Bring gloves and layers. It got VERY cold at the top even though we got very lucky with the weather in general.

The summit is very steep but worth it for the 360 views.
Written 27 February 2024
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jcgdublin
Dublin, Ireland228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Views were amazing and with the famine monument and ruins near by definite a good place to stop. The information centre was not open so hoping to return during open season.
Written 27 January 2024
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JHG
Ireland38 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Visited Croagh Patrick on a beautiful sunny day. Magnificent views out over Clew bay. However I had occasion to visit the gents toilet and found it to be in a horrible state. Despite the amount of visitors from Ireland and abroad it obviously is not a priority and gives a beautiful place a bad name. One toilet was completely blocked and the others were just about usable. The steel handbasins had not been cleaned properly in quite some time and some of them were lined with grime and dirt. Why do the people in charge have such an ambivalent attitude to public facilities in such a lovely place.
Written 9 September 2023
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Krisztina & Conor
Rostrevor, UK86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Challenging but rewarding climb of Ireland`s most sacred mountain!
Make sure you climb this mountain on a clear day and have proper walking/climbing shoes/boots with good grip because the last bit of the hike involves climbing on chunky white rocks to the peak.
The view is absolutely stunning!
Written 27 August 2023
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