Ireland - County Mayo


Fri-Mon Oct 25th-28th


Diane and Malcolm


£110.00 inclusive of supplement. £10 supplement for attendees from Meetup. Staying at the Old Mill Hostel in dorm accommodation. Price includes a light breakfast, toast and jam, plus tea and coffee. Return flights extra cost.


Our autumn break in Ireland is at the town of Westport on the west coast. Westport is a historic town full of Georgian squares with stunning countryside all around.

Friday: After check in we plan a 5-mile circular walk. The walk is on the old track of the rural railway line running to Newport along the shores of Clew Bay. Nowadays it is a section of the Westport Greenway, with stunning views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay, passing the Octagon. The monument was raised around 1845 and originally carried a statue of George Clendening, a local banker. Damaged by gunfire in the Civil War of 1923-24, the statue was removed and later replaced in 1990 by a likeness of St.Patrick. This will be a great opportunity to purchase a packed lunch for Saturday's walk.

Saturday: We plan a 10-mile circular walk climbing the Holy Mountain of Croagh Patrick. Croagh Patrick, nicknamed 'the Reek', is a mountain with a height of 764 m and an important site of pilgrimage in County Mayo, Ireland. The mountain has a pyramid-shaped peak and overlooks Clew Bay, rising above the village of Murrisk. It has long been seen as a holy mountain.

Sunday: We plan a 7-mile walk following the Great Western Greenway from Westport to North Port, offering mild gradients courtesy of its initial beginning as a railway line and with magnificent landscape backdrops such as Clew Bay, Clare Island, the mythical holy mountain Croagh Patrick and the Nephin Beg Mountains which forms part of Wild Nephin National Park. We will travel through woodlands and active farmland, while spotting wildlife and flora along the Greenway.

Monday: We bid our farewells with our return flights back home.


Hostel serves a light breakfast with tea and coffee included in price. Packed lunch to be purchased the day prior to the day of walking. There will be planned evening meal as a group or venture out on your own with options in this quaint little village.


Flights from Heathrow to Knock with British Airways, and from Luton to Knock with Ryanair. Then bus to Westport.


The Old Mill Hostel, Barack Yard, James Street, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland


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