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What is Saint Declan’s Way? 

Saint Declan’s Way is a 110km pilgrimage that retraces the steps of Saint Declan who walked from Ardmore to Cashel to meet Saint Patrick. It is walked over three days. 


Where does the pilgrimage start? 

The pilgrimage begins with Mass 07:00 in the ruins of Saint Declan’s cathedral in Ardmore. You can leave your car in Cashel at the Walsh’s carpark (E25AR23) and book a place on the bus to Ardmore when registering for the pilgrimage so that your car will be near the end of the pilgrimage when you finish. Shuttle cars will be available to transport you back to your car when the pilgrimage ends. 


Where does the pilgrimage end? 

The pilgrimage ends with Mass at 12:30 in the ruins of Hore Abbey at the foot of the Rock of Cashel. 


What are the various stages of the pilgrimage? 

Day 1: Ardmore to Mellary (km) 

Day 2: Mellary to Ballycarron (km)  

Day 3: Ballycarron to Cashel (km) 

How do I register for the pilgrimage? 

On the registration page on this website. 


What do I need to bring? 

See kit list. 

How much preparation is required for the pilgrimage? 

We recommend regular walking throughout the three months preceding the pilgrimage in order to avoid injuries (ie. three or four 5 mile walks a week minimum)

Do I need to bring food? 

You can bring your own snacks and a water bottle to refill but all other meals are provided: breakfast, lunch and a hot meal in the evening.

What are the sleeping arrangements? 

We stay in community halls and houses along the pilgrimage route so you will need a sleeping bag and ground mat.


What else is a pilgrim required to bring? 

A smile and a bit of good humour goes a long way! The pilgrimage spirit is one of charity, being thoughtful and helpful towards your pilgrims, especially those who are finding it tougher than you. Participation in group singing and praying is a good start.


Good luck!! Saint Declan pray for us! 

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