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St Patrick's Way Camino Walk and Lunch

The Saint Patrick Centre, Saint Patrick’s Square, Market Street, Downpatrick, County Down, BT30 6LZ

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As you set off along St. Patrick’s Way, the life and legacy of Ireland's patron saint awaits your discovery. Your first stop will be at Ireland’s earliest church, on the site of the very place where St Patrick first preached.

Next the Camino takes you on a stroll along the banks of the river Quoile towards the ruins of Inch Abbey. It was built for the Cistercians by John de Courcy, a Norman Knight, in 1180. He commissioned one of its monks to rewrite the legends of St Patrick. It’s said that the story of the saint banishing the snakes from Ireland was written here. 

The Camino also takes in an impressive statue of the saint. Erected in 1932, it commemorates the 1500th year anniversary of his arrival in Ireland. The 10m tall granite statue, certainly the biggest St Patrick in the world, stands on top of its own small mountain, Slieve Patrick. Along the pathway leading up to it (it’s not too steep!), you’ll pass the stations of the cross. 

Lastly you’ll visit Struell Wells, the first healing wells in Ireland and the perfect place for a restorative break. The wells are believed to be the same ones referred to in early accounts of St Patrick’s mission. For centuries, special powers have been attributed to their waters. To reach them you’ll follow a narrow path into a secluded valley. Here you’ll find a small eye well (its waters are said to cure eye ailments), a drinking well and men’s and women’s bath houses. 

You're encouraged to bring an empty bottle so you can take some of that water home with you. A unique keepsake of the day you became a pilgrim.

Note: A moderate fitness level is required for this experience, and we suggest you bring rainproof gear, sunscreen, and a small backpack. Sensible footwear essential.

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St Patrick's Way Camino Walk and Lunch

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Adult£45.00 activity

Includes Guide, Lunch & Transfer
Group Tour discounts available (10 or more)

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