Day 5: Westport to Donegal
Croagh Patrick is Ireland’s holiest mountains and has been for thousands of years. In the year 441 AD, St. Patrick is believed to have fasted on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights. On the last Sunday in July each year, thousands of pilgrims of all ages flock to Croagh Patrick to climb the sacred mountain in an act of devotion. You will visit the trailhead and also see a very poignant Famine memorial. From Westport you will be chauffeur guided to the Knock Pilgrimage Centre and National Marian Shrine, where in 1879, an apparition of Blessed Virgin Mary was believed to have appeared to local parishioners. Your tour then heads Northwest to County Donegal, through the spectacular mountain landscapes and Atlantic coastline of County Sligo.