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Two Day St Finbarr's Way Pilgrim Walk

Two Day St Finbarr's Way Pilgrim Walk

From the Top of the Rock, Drimoleague to Gougane Barra.

Pilgrim Paths Day Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th April2018

The order of events for St Finbarr’s way is asfollows:
• Friday 6th April : 8pm onwards Complimentary light supper at the Top of the Rock Pod Páirc &Walking Centre with time to meet, prepare and orientate to the Pilgrim Walk. A short reflection will be given on the challenge ahead.
 Saturday 7th April : 9am Depart from the Top of the Rock, heading for Castledonovan, Mullaghmesha and the Mealagh Valley. (See map) 2pm Lunch. 5pm Arrival in Kealkil having completed the first 19km of the walk.
 At this point those staying in GouganeBarra will be taken by bus to the Gougane Barra Hotel for dinner. Those staying in Drimoleague will have a Bus transfer to Drimoleague via Bantry
• Sunday 8th April: Bus transfers from Gougane and Drimoleague will enable a 9.30am start 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 to walk into Gougane by road.Arrival in Gougane at approx. 4pm with a short time of reflection.The Gougane Barra hotel will host tea and sandwiches for the walkers.


On the contemplative walk we stop about every hour or so at places where St Finbarr might have stopped, eg An tobair Ur, the Glanaclohyrock, the  stone circle etc. We reflect on the life and message of St Finbarr and then resume our path.

COSTThe €20 per day is payable at the start of the walk ....this includes  lunch and bus and also  a gratuity to  guides who will lead us. We expect between 40 and 50 walkers.

LEVEL of FITNESS: We have had people in their seventies do the pilgrim walk but they need to be very fit . Particularly on Sunday the gradient can be steep and demanding over an extended period. The area is subject to dense fog and we have to stay together at all times.  The path is well marked and discernible at all times. Please let us know if you have special dietary requirements.

Click here to see a video  of the August 2016 pilgrim walk. 


WALK ONLY: €40/person; this includes the guided walk over the 2 days, your picnics and transport from/to the Gougane Barra hotel or the Pod Páirc

2 NIGHTS B&B + 1 DINNER:from €146/person* (click here for more info)

3 NIGHTS B&B + 2 DINNERS: from €228/person(click here for more info)

*The rates given above are for accommodation and meal(s) only, and do NOT include the costs of the walk (+€40/person for 2 days).

The €40 will be payed to David Ross, on the 1st day of the walk.


For more info, contact David Ross on 028 31547 / or call us in Gougane Barra on 02647069.