Croagh Patrick Trail

Part of the 44 national way-marked trails in Ireland. Recognizable by its distinctive yellow man symbol set against a black backdrop, complete with a direction arrow. Traditional route direction is east to west, initiating from Balla and culminating at the foot of Croagh Patrick, by the Murrisk village. The climb up the mountain isn't part of the trail.

Key Details:

Distance: 63 km

Starting Point: Balla

Termination Point: Murrisk

Duration: Minimum of 3 days

Grade: 2

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Dog Policy: Not allowed

Available Services: None

The trail is a linear route encompassing locations like Balla, Clogher, Ballintubber, Killavally, Aughagower, and finally Murrisk. It’s categorized under the National Waymarked Way, fondly termed the 'Yellow Walk'. It traverses varied terrains such as woodlands, bogs, fields, forestry regions, mountainous tracks, and minor roads. To comfortably navigate these terrains, essential gear includes sturdy trekking boots, rain gear, snacks, and hydration. While the entire distance is 63 km, the trail has varying segments: 

Balla to Ballintubber: 17 km, approximately 4 hours.

Ballintubber to Aghagower: 27 km, roughly 6 hours.

Aghagower to Murrisk: 19 km, around 5 hours.

Trailheads & Services

Information hubs and trailhead spots can be found in Balla, Killawala, Aghagower, and Murrisk. Each of these locations offers amenities such as accommodation, eateries, pubs, and shops.

Starting from Balla, the trail meanders through fields, small roads, woods, and scrub until Ballintubber. Post this, one navigates through bogs, forested areas, fields, and minor roads to reach Killavally. From there, it’s a combination of roads, fields, and bogs until Aghagower. The concluding stretch involves tarmacked paths, mountain tracks, and open bog until the primary path leading to Croagh Patrick Mountain, marking the trail's endpoint. Murrisk village is a short descent from this termination point. 

Caution: There's a brief stretch along the N59. Since it's a bustling road, trekkers should exercise caution.