For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Monday, 18 July 2011

Croagh Patrick (3)

At the summit there's another pilgrimage station ...




... and the supposed site of St Patrick's bed. Even on the Camino I don't think I've ever seen such an uncomfortable looking bed ...




There's also this ruined shelter ...




... and this chapel, sorely in need of a lick of paint. Though, on second thoughts, I'm sure it looks better this way - more in keeping with the weather-beaten landscape ...




Peering down from the stony summit, you can see a mosaic of medieval green fields at the edge of Clew Bay. Forty shades of green ..?




This viewpoint is simply heaven on earth ...




Back at base, here's a shrine to Our Lady Queen of Peace next to the car park ...




Croagh Patrick soars behind the Blessed Virgin ...


7 comments:

Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

Thank you very much for these views Robert: now I know what it looks like. They did tell me it was a spectacular view on a fine day. As for me, I had the weatherbeaten kind of experience. The fog was so thick that I didn't even know I had reached the top, until people told me I had when I reached this chapel!

Ruth said...

The view from the summit is just stunningly beautiful. I always feel compelled to stay as long as possible once getting to the top of such a place, regretting having to go back down if I'm not quite ready.

George said...

What a viewpoint! I also love that the chapel, which is inviting because of its very desolation.

Vivien said...

I saw Croagh Patrick from a distance when staying in Mayo a few years ago. Have to admit I hadn't heard of it then and was amazed to suddenly see a pyramid! So it's really interesting to see your walk to the summit and the views around.

am said...

That has to be one of the most memorable paths I have seen in all of your walking.

Your photos of the shrine of Our Lady Queen of Peace are exquisite.

The light on that day was certainly among the best this earth has to offer.

The Solitary Walker said...

Glad everyone enjoyed this vicarious walk up the sacred mountain. For me, it was one the best parts of the whole Irish trip and, as am says, the light was heaven-sent. I will just never forget the light, and the views, that day.

Luiza said...

I have trouble at the summit not knowing how to follow all those rules. The bed does not offer comfort but the view is spectacular, truly breathtaking! The chapel looks perfect as it stands. Great photos, thanks Robert.