Trace the steps of St Patrick
Just 8km outside Westport town is the place that was, for over a millennium, the pinnacle of Irish pilgrimage. Croagh Patrick, named after Ireland's patron saint, is said to be the spot where the man himself climbed to a height of 764m to fast and pray for 40 days, way back in the 5th century. Today, thousands of people climb to the little chapel at the peak each July – many barefoot – in memory of St Patrick's legendary journey.
From the summit on a clear day, the views over Westport, Clew Bay and far across the Atlantic will set your heart racing – if the climb hasn't done so already!
Take a boat trip out to Clare Island, the largest of Clew Bay's 365 islands, where you can enjoy everything from hiking and cycling to yoga retreats and angling.