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


Country Gospel and Walking Weekend 10th – 14th May 2017

Selected Walks Planned for each day with John Schmid a country gospel singer.

Thursday 11th May.  Sheep’s Head Lighthouse Loop Walk.

Friday 12th May. Whiddy Island Loop Walk & Bantry Heritage Walk, free time to wander around Bantry market in the morning.

Saturday 13th May. St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Walk from Top of the Rock Pod Páirc & Walking Centre to Castledonovan and over Mullaghmesha towards the Mealagh Valley.

Sunday 14th May.  Afternoon walk, at Gougane Barra National Forest Park.

Come and join us for the day, enjoy the walks and songs along the way.

Cost per day €15

Bus transfers will be available, from the Top of the Rock.

There are concerts each evening in different locations around the area.

Accommodation can be arranged.

To book a place or for more information please contact

Hazel on: 086 3502607 /

Patrick’s Weekend Walks Sunday 19th & Monday 20th March 2017

Sunday 19th March 2017 at 3pm, History of Castledonovan Castle, followed by a river walk at Waterfall Alpaca Farm. No dogs allowed. (No charge for the river walk but donations welcome).

Monday 20th March 2017 at 10am, History of Carriganass Castle, Kealkil. Followed by a walk in Gougane Barra National Forestry Park. Dogs on leads welcome. Wheelchair Accessible.

Contact:   Hazel   086 3502607