And I went about among you, and everywhere for your sake, in danger, and often to the outermost regions beyond which there is nothing where no one had ever gone before, to baptise, to ordain clergy or to confirm my people. Conscientiously and gladly I did all this work by God’s gift for your salvation
Saint Patrick’s Confession
The Christian Heritage of Ireland now has the opportunity of walking a pilgrimage in the footsteps of Saint Patrick. This 82 mile signed walking trail (132Km) full of history is accessible to anyone. Give a try to a 6 to 10 days journey across the most stunning landscapes in Northern Ireland. You will follow step by step the story of Saint Patrick from Armagh to his resting place in Downpatrick.
The Camino has been divided in 6 sections, each from 15 to 38 kilometres. You will be introduced into the history of Christian Ireland while visiting the most beautiful places of Northern Ireland. More informations about the sections :
After visiting of Armagh city and the Navan fort the first day, get ready to a 20Km walk in the stunning forests of Northern Ireland. You might have a look the the Gosford Forest Park and Castle where have been recorded Gosford Castle and some Game of thrones scenes.
Throughout this part of the Camino you will cross the Banbridge area where you should visit the places noticed in the Saint Patrick’s Way Passport. This section is 20km long and can be done in one day.
This 15km long section is the shortest one of the pilgrimage but it is one of the most beautiful. Entering in the Mournes mountains should be on your to-do list in Northern Ireland and arriving in Rostrevor by the mountains is one of the most stunning moments of the Camino with landscapes of Earth and sea.
A 38km section for 2 or 3 days in the Mourne Mountains crossing Rostrevor Forest and following the course of the Shimna River. You must pass by the entrance of Kilbroney Park, 1,000 feet above Rostrevor and end your journey in front of the sea in Newcastle.
A big part of this section takes place on the sand in Dundrum Bay. You must pass by the village of Clough and finish your walk on Tyrella beach. This penultimate section is 18km long and it can be done in 1 day.
The last part of your Pilgrim Walk takes place in a 16km section from Tyrella to Downpatrick, the resting place of Saint Patrick behind the Saint Patrick Centre. The Medieval Down Cathedral is also a place to visit in Downpatrick to see the Grave of Saint Patrick himself. Your trip as touch his end.
A passport has been created for the route to give you objectives and places to discover in link with Saint Patrick or to visit in Northern Ireland all along the route. This passport is accessible in all the tourism offices on the route. It contains informations about the route and a map to guide yourself in the pilgrim walk. It contains also 10 pages that you can stamp in the place noticed. The 10 stamps give you the access to a certificate that you can retrieve in the Downpatrick centre.
- Armagh : Navan centre and Fort
- Armagh : Abbey street/Dawson street
- Armagh : The Palace Demesne
- Banbridge : Scarva visitor centre and tearooms
- Banbridge : Action visitor centre
- Newry : Sean Hollywood arts centre
- Newry : Bagenal’s Castle
- Rostrevor : Entrance to Kilbroney park
- Newcastle : visitor information centre
- Downpatrick : The Saint Patrick centre
Alan Graham, founder of the walk
Alan Graham is an Irish painter and photographer who’s been the brainchild of the Saint Patrick Pilgrimage. This idea came to his mind after walking the Camino de Santiago, quote : ” I thought Saint Patrick should be honored with a pilgrim route in his name ”. He decided the route trail using his experience in caminos and pilgrimages as he walked a lot in in Arctic and alpine exhibitions. He was born in Dublin in 1939 and he’s become a complete artist, quote : “The philosophy of my work, how I interpret the images that confronts me and their affect on my subconscious has produced works that invoke abstract meaning of silence.”