Mayo’s holy mountain at the end of heritage trail

The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail extends from the town of Balla in central Mayo, to the village of Murrisk at the base of the holy mountain, Croagh Patrick. The trail is 61km in length and mainly at low level, but the walker should note that the trail does reach a high point of 310 metres around the foothills of Croagh Patrick.

The trail itself does not include the ascent to the summit of Croagh Patrick.

From the starting point in Balla, the trail passes through deciduous woodland and across rolling fields and raised bog. The trail also utilises boreens and ancient pathways as it makes its way through a number of picturesque villages towards its destination on the shores of Clew Bay.

The trail is at the heart of rural West Mayo, it includes outstanding heritage sites and many features of great natural beauty. Services such as accommodation, food & transport links are available along the route.

The trail can be walked in its entirety over a number of days, or if you prefer, you can walk a section as part of a one-day walk. 

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail at a Glance

Linear Trail: Balla - Murrisk
Theme: Waymarked Way (Yellow Walk)
Overall Total Distance: 61km
Level Difficulty: Hard
Ascent: 310m
Terrain: Woodland, bog, forestry, fields, boreens, minor roads, mountain tracks and open bog.
Minimum Gear:  Trekking boots, raingear, snacks and fluid. Camping gear will also be required if the walker is intending to hike the trail over a number of days.
Map Reference: Ordnance Survey Discovery Sheet 31, 38 & 30.
Services:                                          Services available at Balla, Clogher, Killavally, Aghagower and Murrisk.

Distance between Villages

Balla – Clogher 8km
Clogher – Killavally  17km
Killavally – Aghagower 16km
Aghagower – Murrisk           20km                                                                                                                                           


The trail is an accredited national Waymarked Way and is part of a countrywide network of high-quality walks.  The trail is waymarked using black posts about one metre high, with a yellow walking man and travel arrow.

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