Welcome to the website for the St. Declan’s Way Pilgrim Path.
Saint Declan’s Way is a pilgrim walking route linking Cashel in County Tipperary and Ardmore in County Waterford. It follows the route that Declan took when going to Cashel to meet Saint Patrick in the fifth century. In turn, it is the way that Pilgrims have taken to visit Saint Declan’s monastery, holy well and grave in Ardmore for the past one and a half thousand years.
The route was approved by Sport Ireland in July 2021 as a waymarked long-distance walking trail. It is listed on the National Trails Register and is fully insured. At a ceremony held on September 29th 2021 in Mount Melleray Abbey, the path was officially opened by Heather Humphreys, Minister for Community and Rural Development.
The trail begins at the car-park of the Rock of Cashel passing through Cashel, Cahir, Ardfinnan & Goatenbridge in South Tipperary. It then crosses the Knockmealdown Mountains into West Waterford going through Mount Melleray, Lismore, Cappoquin, Aglish and finishing at St. Declan’s Monastery in Ardmore, Co. Waterford.
Anyone who wishes to walk the route can now follow the Blue Waymarkers (with added SDW Duibhín Deaglán Navigation arrows) to negotiate St. Declan’s Way from Cashel to Ardmore or vice-versa.
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The St. Declan’s Way Committee, a voluntary group with representatives from along the route, having been working since 2015 to revive this ancient pilgrim path. Work is progressing thanks to funding of €150,000 from the Rural Recreation Fund, Department of Community & Rural Development. We anticipate that the route will be fully signposted, waymarked and officially approved during 2019. Keep an eye on this website and the Facebook page for updates.