In operation since 2015, Croagh Patrick Stables sits soundly at the foot of the Holy Mountain, located in the village of Murrisk. Tourist-centric establishments, eateries, pubs, and the R335 to Westport are all within walking distance, making CPS accessible to any traveller looking to punctuate their vacation with some horse-riding.
Our staff are B.H.S qualified instructors, able to lead treks, conduct lessons, and grade
equestrian students. They are trained to deal with any pressing situation, upholding an atmosphere of togetherness, teamwork, and safety at all times. No person, adult or child, will ever feel uncomfortable on a horse when one of our instructors takes the lead.
Our facilities include an outdoor arena, a horse walker, and stable space for livery purposes. The surrounding area includes Berta Beach–a client favourite for treks–as well as hundreds of acres of undulating Mayo countryside, which can provide a leisurely canter for the easygoing
and a heart-racing challenge for the experienced. Naturally, all the scenery is within viewing distance of Croagh Patrick itself.
Croagh Patrick is a 750-metre holy mountain that dominates the rural vistas of westernmost Mayo. For thousands of years, Croagh Patrick has been used as a place of worship by pagans and Christians, making every step towards the summit steeped in religious history. Its most notable function is the annual Reek Sunday pilgrimage on the final Sunday of July, where upwards of twenty thousand pilgrims climb the mountain in honour of Saint Patrick, who spent 40 days fasting on Croagh Patrick in 441.
Croagh Patrick attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. If you happen to be one of them, be sure to stop by our premises first!
Contiguous with our stables are the ruins of the Murrisk Abbey, founded in the 15th century by the Augustinian Friars in order to facilitate pilgrimages up the Holy Mountain. The friars were expelled in the late 16th century as a consequence of the English Reformation in Ireland. Today, one can see the remains of the central-aisled church, the vault of the old belfry tower, the friary buildings, and the tombs of the O’Malley family members that assisted in the Abbey’s foundation.
Just a short distance south from the Abbey stands the National Famine Memorial, designed as a coffin chip by Irish artist John Behan. The emaciated bronze body of the ship, alongside the web of skeletons stretching from the stern to the brow, will evoke images of the many emigrants lost aboard the vessels sailing them away from their malnourished homeland. It is a sight many a rider in CPS will see and share during a trek.
There is much to see and do at Croagh Patrick Stables, and with our unfailing dedication to customer safety and enjoyment, you have no reason not to saddle up and have a bit of fun with the rest of us here at CPS.