Every year in July, thousands of hikers and pilgrims climb the summit of the legendary Mt. Croagh Patrick near the town of Westport in County Galway. The annual pilgrimage is undertaken to pay homage to Saint Patrick, and some still follow tradition and walk it barefoot. According to legend, St. Patrick fasted at the summit for 40 days in 441 AD and then banished all the snakes and demons from Ireland.
The 2,500-ft. Croagh Patrick is undoubtedly an inspiring trek, but I opted to keep my boots on while discovering more leisurely hiking routes… read full story in WalkAbout Magazine.