St. Declan’s Way is a modern route which follows a number of ancient pilgrim pathways including St. Declan’s Road, Casán na Naomh (path of the saints), Bóthar na Naomh (road of the saints) and the Rian Bó Phadraig (track of St. Patrick’s cow). The route was first described in detail by Canon Patrick Power in 1905. Ardmore Enterprise Co-operative produced a wonderful map brochure in 1994 which is still in circulation. The brochure lists 64 sites of historic, natural and archaeological significance along St. Declan’s Way. The route shown was also described Siobhan Lincoln of Ardmore in her book Along St. Declan’s Way.
Some changes have been made to these earlier routes for safety and environmental reasons. The route which is currently being waymarked and signposted starts in Cashel, passes through Cahir and Ardfinnan and over the Knockmealdown Mountains to Mount Melleray Abbey. It then heads into Lismore and follows the Blackwater to Cappoquin. From here it proceeds east along Bóthar na Naomh and swings south at Knocknaskagh towards the final destination, Ardmore.
A detailed map of this new route will be made available on this website shortly, including in electronic format as a download.