Ireland’s home to bucket loads of mountains, dotted right the way across the country, offering both amateur and seasoned climbers plenty of hiking options to choose from.

From the giants of Carrauntoohil (Co. Kerry) and Lugnaquilla (Co. Wicklow) to the more accessible climbs like the Sugar Loaf (Co. Wicklow) and Cuilcagh (County Fermanagh), Ireland boasts peaks in every shape and size, just waiting to be conquered.

County Mayo’s Croagh Patrick is considered Ireland’s holiest mountain, with a traditional pilgrimage taking place each year, stretching back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day.

At it’s highest point, the mountain rises 750 metres (2,500 feet) into the sky above County Mayo, so it’s by no means an easy climb to the top (and it’s an even harder descent).

If you’re planning a trip, or if you’re curious about the views along the way, here’s 23 photos shot by real adventurers (here’s a handy guide on climbing Croagh Patrick to get you ready).

1 – Feast your eyes upon the beauty of Clew Bay

2 – Croagh Patrick is a whopping 2,507 foot high which means views for days!

3 – The pilgrimage to the mountain goes back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption

4 – After a tough hike to the top, all you can do is kick-back and admire what lays before you

That was only the start 😩 #mountain #landscape #croaghpatrick #hike #ireland

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5 – At the summit of Croagh Patrick, Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD

I’ve got my head in the clouds ☁ 🌍‭

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6 – The brilliantly blue waters of Clew Bay look like something plucked straight from the Caribbean

Mountain climbing today. #CroaghPatrick #Ireland #WestCoast

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7 – The icing on the cake – a rainbow over the bay

8 – Clew Bay contains the best example of sunken drumlins in Ireland.

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9 – The sunken drumlins were formed by retreating glaciers at the end of the last ice age

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10 – According to legend, there’s an island in the bay for every day of the year

11 – It’s the third highest mountain in County Mayo after Mweelrea and Nephin

Climbing Croagh Patrick – before the snow and gale force winds 💪☘#hiking #wildatlanticway @ben.deary

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12 – There’s two stages involved in climbing Croagh Patrick

The view on the way up Croagh Patrick. Props to those that’ve completed this bare foot! #whereismywife

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13 – The first part of the climb takes you up a rocky foothill covered in heather and moss.

14 – The second stage is a steep challenging track that leads to the top

15 – Before Saint Patrick arrived, the mountain was known by its ancient name – Cruchán Aigli

Up in the clouds 🏃🏽😊

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16 – Way way up in the clouds

17 – Expect legs of jelly when you reach the top

View from Croagh Patrick

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18 – A steep slippery descent awaits thanks to lots of loose gravel

19 – One things for sure, you won’t be disappointed

Enjoy the view from #croaghpatrick the holy mountain in #ireland #westport

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And that's a wrap!
Have you climbed Croagh Patrick? Or are you planning on giving it a shot soon? Let me know in the comments below!