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St. Patrick's Way - the Pilgrims Walk - Self-Guided Walking Tour
1 - Northern Ireland, Lecale Way, Mourne Way | Self-Guided Walking Tours | 9 Days | £629
Saint Patrick’s Way – The Pilgrims Walk is a 132km (82 Mile) trail connecting Armagh and Downpatrick the two locations on the island of Ireland most closely connected to Saint Patrick. The trail begins on the outskirts of the Cathedral City of Armagh and ends at the final resting place of St. Patrick in Downpatrick.
I bind unto myself today
The virtues of the starlit heaven,
The glorious sun’s life-giving ray,
The whiteness of the moon at even,
The flashing of the lightening free,
The Whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks,
The stable earth, the deep salt sea,
Around the old eternal rocks.
(Saint Patrick’s Traditional Hymn)
Tour Pricing & Dates
9 Day Tour – £629 per person sharing
Single Supplement – +£240
Tour Dates – Available all year
Tour Grade – Moderate
Accommodation – Guesthouse (en suite)
Day 1 – Arrival in Armagh
Upon arrival by public transport to Armagh you have the option to visit the start of the trail at The Navan Centre on the outskirts of Armagh, or just relax and take in the vast history and beauty of the Cathedral City of Armagh – The head of most major churches in Ireland is based in Armagh and the city boast two fine Cathedrals in honour of St. Patrick.
Day 2 – Armagh to Scarva
Your day will begin at the Navan Centre, the official start of The Saint Patrick’s Way, you will meander back through the streets of Armagh and follow into the Armagh countryside passing Lowry Lakes and Gosford Forest towards Tandragee and your final destination for the day Scarva. The quiet country village of Scarva is known for its award winning floral displays, canal paths and fine country houses. Walking Distance: 25Km 15.6Miles
Day 3 – Scara to Newry
Today the trail will take you along the canal towpath and flat waterside pathways. Newry Canal is the oldest summit-level canal in Britian & Ireland opened in 1742 until navigation stopped in 1946. Today it is a wonderful walkway canal with beautiful birdlife and scenery. Newry is a bustling place with plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and a flourishing arts and heritage scene. Walking Distance: 20Km 12Miles
Day 4: Newry to Rostrevor
Starting from Newry soon you will be rewarded with wonderful views of Carlingford Lough and the Cooley & Mourne Mountains on either side. This area on the boarder lands of the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland is steeped in folklore which is told in Rostrevor in both Words & Music. The picturesque village of Rostrevor on the shores of Carlingford Lough is said to have inspired C.S. Lewis in his writings of the tails of Narnia. St. Bronagh’s a disciple of St. Patrick set up a monastery in the area which ruins can be seen today and date back to the 6th centenary. Walking Distance: 15Km 9.3Miles
Day 5: Rostrevor to Hilltown
Today your walk will take you into the Mourne Mountains, firstly through Kilbroney Forest then onto open hillside trails to the village of Hilltown and your overnight accommodation in the charming little farming village with a legacy from 18th century smuggling through the Mourne Mountains giving rise to villages 8 public houses! Walking Distance: 12Km 7.1Miles
Day 6: Hilltown to Newcastle
After breakfast you will continue on the trail through the Mourne Mountains, todays trail is mostly on a mixture of open hillside and forest tracks along a very picturesque walk in the lower mountains. Your second half of the day will take you through Tollymore Forest Park and into the seaside town of Newcastle where you can relax and unwind along the towns beautiful promenade surrounded but Slieve Donard in the backround and Dundrum Bay in the foreground. Walking Distance: 20Km 12Miles
Day 7: Newcastle to Tyrella Beach
Today the majority of your walk will be at sea-level along beach, old railway lines and minor country roads. You will leave Newcastle along Murlough Beach Nature Reserve in the direction of Dundrum. You will have the opportunity to detour slightly and visit Dundrum Castle – a 12th century Norman Castle offering majestic views of the Mourne Mountains and Dundrum Bay. Continuing along the old Belfast Railway lines you will make your way along the shores of inner Dundrum Bay surrounded by many varieties of wildlife including seals. Your walk today will finish by the sea at Tyrella Beach. Walking Distance: 18Km 11.2 Miles
Day 8: Tyrella to Downpatrick
Today you will walk through what is known locally as St. Patrick’s Country, it is believed St. Patrick was first brought ashore as a slave in this area along the shores of Strangford Lough and therefore where Christianity began in Ireland and it is where he is buried on the grounds of Down Cathedral. Walking Distance: 16Km 10Miles
Day 9 – Departure
Your tour ends after a hearty breakfast and you begin your onward journey.
✓ 8 nights Bed & Breakfast in Guesthouse Accommodation
✓ All accommodation is approved and all rooms are en-suite.
✓ Luggage transfers while you walk with a small day pack
✓ Maps and Waterproof Route Notes
✓ Details of restaurants and places of interest along the way
✓ Full-backup service while you walk
X Lunches & Evening Meals