Linear Walks

Linear Walks

St. Finbarr’s Pilgrim Way: Drimoleague to Gougane Barra

This walk begins at the Top of the Rock, Drimoleague, where local tradition states that St Finbarr in the 6th century “admonished the people to return to Christ, then went on his way to Gougane Barra”. Since that time, local people, until forty years ago, used to walk the 37km particularly on the Saint’s feast day: 25th September. The walk is a two day stretch with an overnight in Kealkil, an important walking centre in its own right. Three significant mountain and valley systems are traversed: The Ilen, Mealagh and Ouvane, and the walk culminates in a spectacular descent from Foilastoookeen, high above St Finbarr’s Oratory in Gougane Barra. The entire walk is steeped in Celtic history and archaeological remains.

Guided contemplative pilgrim walks are featured from time to time.

This walk won the best community organised event in National Heritage Week 2011.

Refreshments available at Drimoleague, Kealkil and Gougane Barra.

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Estimated Time

7hrs each of two consecutive days


Strenuous, over high ground. Fog and cloud can descend quickly. Only experienced walkers should attempt this walk. Sturdy footwear required.

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