Hills and mountains in Mayo
Mayo is renowned for the beauty of its mountains, with some of the highest peaks in Connacht, all within easy reach of Westport.
Croagh Patrick (764m), the closest to Westport and known locally as the Reek, is Ireland’s holy mountain and a site of pilgrimage since ancient times. On Reek Sunday, the last Sunday in July, around 25,000 pilgrims and other walkers climb to the top, where there is a small chapel, as well as stunning views of the surrounding landscape, including Clew Bay to the north.
The Sheeffry Hills, south of Westport, include three peaks over 700m tall and three others over 400m. They overlook beautiful south Mayo and north Connemara. The drive through these hills is stunning.
Mweelrea, overlooking Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only true fjord, is the highest mountain in County Mayo and the western province of Connacht. Dominating the surrounding landscape, it offers spectacular views in all directions. It is a demanding climb, and walkers are cautioned to be well-prepared.
Nephin is the tallest mountain in north Mayo and looms over the surrounding landscape, overlooking Lough Conn and the neighbouring Nephin Beg range.