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April 13th – 15th 2018

Cost: €295pps, Single Supplement €75 (limited places) Hilltoptreks Members: €255 Croagh Patrick, Ireland
Transport avail: €40rtn
Deposit of €35 required at the time of booking.
(There is a 3% booking Fee)

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Includes:

  • 2 nights BB with breakfast staying at the Mill Times Hotell – Westport
  • 3 course Evening meal
  • Guided walk on Croagh Patrick – Ireland’s holiest Peak.
  • Choice of walk or Cycle on Greenway
  • Visit Achill Island

Pickup: From the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street (Dublin) at 09:30am
If you are making your own way down we will meet you at the Mill Times hotel for 14:00


We will be staying in Westport Co Mayo which is known for being Ireland’s activity hub from great walks to Greenway cycle tracks and water sports.  It is also close to Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holiest mountain and where St Patrick banished all the snakes from Ireland. Westport is also a very lively town with many restaurants, cafes and bars that you can enjoy some great live music in.


Croagh Patrick over looks Clew bay in Co. Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. It is from here that St. Patrick is said to have banished the snakes from Ireland in 441A.D. and spent 4The Greenway, Westport0 days and nights in prayer and fasting. The views across clew bay and it’s small islands are incredible and a real treat to enjoy from the summit.
It is a pilgrimage site of great importance in Ireland and is visited by thousands each year. On Reek Sunday the last Sunday in July people come from all over the world and up to take part in this walk and prayer with some even walking in their bare feet. (not recommended)

Day 1) Transfer from Dublin, Westport and Croagh Patrick (The hill of St Patrick)
Make our way to Westport with a stop along the way.

On arrival into Westport and after settling into our accommodation we will drive out to the start of our walk on Croagh Patrick.

The Walk on Croagh Patrick although this is a pilgrimage walk do not be fooled to thinking that it is easy but the views across Clew Bay are worth the effort.  
The walk begins at the car park at the base of Croagh Patrick and we will take the pilgrimage trail up towards  the summit starting from the statue of St Patrick.Keem Bay, Achill Island
The walk is quite steep in parts and will be walked at a pace to suit the group. Part of the trail is along scree and loose slate definitely not suitable for walking in bare feet actually I would highly recommend walking boots as the walk can be very hard on the ankles.
Stop for a bite to eat on the summit or on the way down and enjoy the views to the west of Ireland which can be stunning in the late evening with sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean.

As we will be going up and down the same trail it is possible to just walk part way up and leave out the scree ascent if finding it difficult.

Grade: strenuous - moderate Length 7 km, Duration: 3.5 - 4 hrs Terain: stoney track

Afterwards we will return to Westport to refresh and relax before dinner.
There are many bars with live music in this small town.

Day 2) Walk on Achill Island or Cycle the Greenway
Today we make our way towards Achill Island for our walk with a stop along the way for those wishing to cycle the Greenway.Irish traditional musicians

Cycle the Westport Greenway Option:
The distances for cyclists are: Achill/Westport 42 km, Mulranny/Westport 29 km., Newport/Westport 11km.  You chose which length you wish to cycle and get off the bus at the appropriate place. If you have a gel saddle/padded cycling shorts, bring them. There are coffee shops/toilets on the route and most cycling companies say to cycle back to Westport as the gradients and wind favour that direction.  

Walk on Achill Island Option:
The walk on Achill Island will be at the very west of the Island at Keem Bay. This walk starts from the bay itself and brings us up towards an old lookout shelter. We will travel along the ridge of this hill with great views across the Cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean below us.  It is a loop walk and we will be coming back through the valley.
Grade: Moderate, Length 11 km, Duration: 3 -4 hrs, Ascent: Approx 350m, Terrain: Grassy track and open mountain

After returning to Westport we can relax and freshen up at our accommodation before dinner.

 

Day 3) Options before our return to Dublin
Today you can explore the town, do some shopping, visit Westport  House or just have a lie in – we will leave for Dublin at 13:00

We plan on being back in Dublin for approx 4pm

 


A non-refundable deposit of €35 is required to secure your place and due to the limited accommodation options, we are capping numbers initially at 20.

What to bring: Walking boots, walking socks, rain gear, backpack, flask, camera, sun cream.

April 13th – 15th 2018

Cost: €295pps, Single Supplement €75 (limited places) Hilltoptreks Members: €255 Westport, Ireland
Transport avail: €40rtn
Deposit of €35 required at the time of booking.
(There is a 3% booking Fee)

booknow

Includes:

  • 2 nights BB with breakfast staying at the Mill Times Hotell – Westport
  • 3 course Evening meal
  • Guided walk on Croagh Patrick – Ireland’s holiest Peak.
  • Choice of walk or Cycle on Greenway
  • Visit Achill Island

Pickup: From the Molly Malone statue on Suffolk Street (Dublin) at 09:30am
If you are making your own way down we will meet you at the Mill Times hotel for 14:00

Cancellation policy
  • A cancellation fee of 100% applies for cancellations made less than 2 weeks in advance, or in case of no-show.
  • A cancellation fee of 50% applies for cancellations made less than one month in advance.
  • No cancellation fee applies for cancellations made one or more months in advance.

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