Tóchar Phádraig Walks.
Our Tóchar Phádraig and Pilgrim Paths Trails is now closed for the remainder of 2023
Walks for 2024
Easter Monday, 1st of April 2024 – Half Tóchar – Ballintubber Abbey to Aughower
Saturday 29th of June 2024 – Half Tóchar – Aughower to Murrisk
Saturday 27th of July 2024 (Reek Saturday) – Full Tóchar
Saturday 31st of August 2024 – Full Tóchar
The Tóchar Phádraig represents a venerable Irish pilgrimage route that dates back approximately 1500 years. This sacred journey commences at Ballintubber Abbey and culminates at the revered Croagh Patrick, the mountain sanctified by St. Patrick himself. Spanning a distance of 35 kilometers, or roughly 22 miles, this trail, which follows the path of an ancient chariot road, traverses over 100 stiles within the picturesque County Mayo. Along its meandering course, it unfolds before pilgrims, revealing fairy hills, ancient relics, and enigmatic locales where the enduring legends of St. Patrick continue to thrive.
Year after year, numerous pilgrims hailing from both Ireland and abroad embark upon this regal passage, seeking to immerse themselves in the medieval tapestry of Ireland and connect with its sacred heritage. Spectacular views from Clew Bay on the Wild Athlantic Way can be enjoyed as you assent Croagh Patrick.
The Tóchar Phádraig is one of the 5 pass ported trails of the The Pilgrim Paths of Ireland. These are a collection of ancient religious routes with well-documented claims of having been used by pilgrims since ancient times. Walking these ageless trails not only offers the opportunity for spiritual renewal, but also provides a link to our past while contributing to sustainable tourism and community development in each area.
Registration and Regulations:
ALL WALKERS MUST BRING THEIR OWN HI -VIS JACKETS
ONLY REGISTERED WALKERS ARE PERMITTED ON THIS ROUTE AS IT IS PRIVATE PROPERTY
STRICTLY NO RUNNING, NO CYCLING AND NO DOGS
ALL WALKERS MUST REGISTER AT THE ABBEY, ANYONE FOUND ON THE WALK WITHOUT PRIOR REGISTERING WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE BY THE LANDOWNERS
Minimum of Two people must walk together at all times for Health & Safety Reasons
N.B. Minimum of Two people must walk together for Health & Safety Reasons
- There are usually four official walks organised by the Abbey in June, July, August and December (contact the office for details, please see below). A ‘back up car’ and transport back to the Abbey is provided.
- Other walkers may organise their own groups but must comply with the following details:
- All walkers must register at Ballintubber Abbey and sign a declaration, exempting Ballintubber Abbey Trust and farmers from liability, should a mishap or accident take place. A minimum of 2 people walking is required at all times, there are no exceptions. The registration fee is €20.
- All walkers must comply with the regulations for walking the Tóchar
- We rely heavily on the kind permission and goodwill of landowners on the Tóchar route. In the interest of their livestock, strictly no dogs are allowed on the Tóchar regardless of temperament.
- Those under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult (Health & Safety)
- It is important that the walkers notify the Abbey on completion of Walk by leaving message on answering machine.
- The Pilgrim Paths Passport can be purchased at Registration at Ballintubber Abbey at a cost of €5 per passpost, once you have completed the trail you can have the Passpost Stamped at Campbell’s Pub, Murrisk which is located at the entrance to the carpark at Croagh Patrick