National Pilgrim Paths Week Easter 2017

St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Walk from the Top of the Rock, Drimoleague to Gougane Barra. Pilgrim Paths Day, Easter Saturday 15th and Easter Sunday 16th April 2017.

2017 is the fourth year in Ireland many pilgrim paths will be walked during the Easter Weekend.

The order of events for St Finbarr’s way is as follows:

Good Friday 14th April 8pm at the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc & Walking Centre. Starting with a light supper, time to meet, prepare and orientate to the Pilgrim Walk. A  short reflection will be given on the challenge ahead.

Saturday 15th April 9.15am. Depart from the Top of the Rock, heading for Castledonovan, Mullaghmesha and the Mealagh Valley. Lunch 2pm. Arrival in Kealkill 5pm. We’ll have completed the first 19km of the walk.

Easter Sunday 16th April 10am. Depart from Carriganass Castle in Kealkill for the 16km walk over the mountain to Gougane Barra. Sandwich lunch at a stop near Lackavaun before the steep ascent. A bus will be available for those who wish to take a less strenuous route walking into Gougane by road. Arrival in Gougane approx. 4pm, followed by a short time of reflection and prayer. Gougane Barra Hotel will host tea and sandwiches for the walkers.

For map of the walking route

Cost is divided into two components:

1.Cost of the walk:  €40/person.  Includes lunches both days, bus transfers and guides.

2.Cost of Accommodation: Contact The Gougane Barra Hotel and the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc to find out how best to avail of special offers on their accommodation.

Bus transfers will be provided over the weekend  to Gougane Barra and to Drimoleague via Bantry