SPRING is in the air and it’s time for the fifth annual Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail Walking Festival, which takes place from Friday to Sunday, March 22 to 24.
Walk this stunning trail and enjoy the wild and mysterious Mayo landscape, with scenery changes and spectacular views of Croagh Patrick along the way.
The organisers are linking up with local heart and stroke charity Croí to create awareness of the importance of exercise and help raise vital funds for the cause.
Croí is entirely self-funded and works in the areas of cardiovascular disease prevention, screening, research, education, CPR, defibrillation training and patient and family support.
Launching the festival this year will be Paddy McGuinness, chairperson of the Western Development Commission and walking enthusiast.
Joining them on the trail on Saturday will be local boxing legend Ray Moylette and on Sunday well-known musician Joe Byrne will be lending his support to this worthy cause.
The festival programme includes three great days of guided moderate to hard walks on the trail, gentle local loop walks, heritage site visits, and local myths and legends from experienced guides. Refreshments and transport is provided each day.
To find our more, come along to an information evening in the Westport Plaza Hotel at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21.
From the starting point in Balla the trail passes through deciduous woodland and across rolling fields and raised bog.