Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre
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Murrisk, Westport, Mayo, Republic of Ireland
This information centre craft shop and tea room is located at the foot of Ireland's Holy Mountain, Croagh Patrick, on the Westport to Louisburgh road (R335), 8km from Westport.
The Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre is sited in Murrisk, on the Pilgrim's Path, at the base of the 762 metre high Croagh Patrick.
The distinctive cone shaped Croagh Patrick towers majestically above the surrounding countryside and provides magnificent views of Clew Bay, Connemara, Clare Island, Achill Island and south Mayo.
A video and photo gallery of Croagh Patrick and its ever changing landscapes can be seen at the visitor centre, which is opposite the National Famine Monument.
The Pilgrim's Path is a 7km route winding through this rich archaeological area. It is said that Saint Patrick fasted for 40 days on the mountain's summit in 441 AD. climbing the mountain is a custom which has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation.
Sturdy boots or shoes and rain gear are advisable while the use of a walking stick is encouraged for walkers intending to tackle Croagh Patrick.