Croagh Patrick, County Mayo Ireland: A Revered Place of Pilgrimage on Whose 2510 Foot Summit St Patrick Fasted and Prayed for 40 Days in 441 AD in His Efforts to Bring Christianity to Ireland in the 5th Century

Croagh Patrick is a highly revered Holy Mountain whose summit was the site of St. Patrick's 40 day Lenten fast and prayer in 441AD; the beginnings of the birth of Christianity in Ireland in the 5th Century. Legend has it that it was from the top of Croagh Patrick that St Patrick rang a bell and drove the snakes out of Ireland. A well-worn trail is clearly visible, created by the tens of thousands who make the two-hour (or more) pilgrimage to the top in honor of St Patrick every year. Aside from the religious significance of the trek up Croagh Patrick, the views of Clew Bay and the surrounding countryside are said to be spectacular; a must-do on my list when I return to Ireland. Westport, County Mayo is just a few short miles away, making it a great base to explore Croagh Patrick, Murrisk Abbey and a host of other sites in the Mayo area.

Croagh Patrick Visitor Center, County Mayo Ireland