Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail
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The dazzling quartzite pyramid of Croagh Patrick (764m), which dominates the land south of Clew Bay in the west of Ireland, has been a holy mountain since before Christian times.
The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail is a 61 km route that traverses’s the County of Mayo in the West of Ireland from the historic village of Balla in East Mayo to the picturesque village of Murrisk at the foot of ancient mountain of Croagh Patrick on the shores of Clew Bay. Come and enjoy the wild and mysterious Mayo landscape with scenery changes and spectacular views of Croagh Patrick along the way. The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail combines a wide variety of scenic experiences through lush farmland, forest paths and remote bog lands. It has a rich tapestry of ancient heritage sites, unique villages and beautiful landscape. It is a National Way Marked Way; it is graded moderate to hard and comprises of a mixed terrain of road, farmland, forest paths and bog roads, and is 61 kilometres long. Attractions along the way include early monastic settlements in Balla, 6th century Castle at Doonamona, Clogher Heritage Cottage, and the world famous Ballintubber Abbey, Aille caves. The Patrician village of Aughagower, the Boheh Stone dating from the Bronze Age, ancient Oakland at Brackloon Wood and many more.
Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail - statistics Distance: 61 km Ascent: 1205 Time\duration: 3+ Days Traditionally the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail is walked from east to west, walking towards Croagh Patrick. Beginning in the village of Balla, which is 8 kilometres outside Claremorris and ending at the first station at the foot of Croagh Patrick beside the village of Murrisk. The trail does not include the ascent of the mountain. Trail Description Linear Trail: Balla (N60) – Clogher – Ballintubber - Killawalla – Aughagower – Murrisk (Croagh Patrick) Theme: National Way marked Way (Yellow Walk) Overall