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Lough Derg Place of Pilgrimage
Pettigo, Co. Donegal
Hidden gem
Free car parking
Pre-booking essential
Lough Derg or St Patrick's Purgatory, as it is traditionally known as, is Ireland's most ancient place of pilgrimage and is situated on Station Island, near the small village of Pettigo in County Donegal.

St Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg, in County Donegal, is a beautiful island of peace. Pilgrims have been travelling to this sacred site on Station Island, County Donegal, for centuries on a spiritual quest or journey seeking something deeper, getting closer to their authentic selves, and continuing a ritualistic tradition of their ancestors.

Lough Derg is the perfect haven to truly get away from the daily grind. Stunning scenery and soothing surroundings allow visitors to reflect and meditate on their life's journey. The small island, set in calm lake waters, offers no distractions, artificialities or interruptions. Instead, visitors and pilgrims are welcomed and cared for.

The first sanctuary of St Patrick, Lough Derg has offered rest and growth to generations of visitors from Ireland and beyond. It offers an opportunity to be part of an Irish tradition that has spanned centuries, bringing with it an opportunity for calm, hope and for renewal. They welcome visitors to enjoy their day retreats, tailored workshops, faith based seminars, family focused events and special events.

Visitors can discover a new way to relax, unwind and explore their spirituality. Whether it's a holiday, a break from the norm or looking for something more, the ancient sanctuary of St Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg, is the perfect place to start.

Bus Éireann, in conjunction with Translink Northern Ireland, operate a regular service to Lough Derg during the three day pilgrimage season each year from various towns and cities throughout Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Why we like it
  • Pilgrims have travelled to this sacred site for centuries on a spiritual quest continuing the ritualistic tradition of their ancestors. 
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery and soothing surroundings of Lough Derg.
  • The small island is set in calm lake waters and offers the visitor no distractions or interruptions.
  • Experience a day retreat, youth visit, workshop or pilgrimage including the world famous three day pilgrimage.
Tips from locals

There are one day and three day pilgrimages to choose from, but the one day pilgrimage must be booked in advance.

Contact details
Lough Derg,Pettigo,Co Donegal,Republic of Ireland
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