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National Famine Way
Strokestown, Co. Roscommon
Free to visit
The National Famine Way is a 165km way marked walking and cycling trail. It commemorates a heartbreaking walk of forced emigration which took place in 1847 at the height of the Irish famine.

The National Famine Way begins at the memorial glass wall at Strokestown Park House and National Famine Museum, County Roscommon, and continues through six counties to EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin’s Docklands. The route is marked by more than 30 pairs of bronze children’s shoes.

A comprehensive official pack includes a passport and a ship ticket for one of the original famine families. There is a free app where you can follow the experience of 12 year old Daniel Tighe, with relevant audio and video centred around the bronze shoes. On completion of the route, official walkers discover the fate of their famine family and receive a certificate of completion.

Trail details

Long Distance Waymarked Way
Strokestown Dublin
    Time:6 days
    Nearest town start:Strokestown
    Nearest town finish:Dublin
    Start point:Strokestown House
    Finish point:Dublin Docklands
    Waymarking:Yellow arrow on black background
    Facilities:Car parking, shops, restaurants/cafés, accommodation, etc. in Strokestown
    Car parking, toilets, café at trailhead
Why we like it
  • You can choose to walk or cycle this 165km historical route.
  • There are over 30 pairs of bronze children’s shoes to spot along the way.
  • The official pack includes a passport, so you can keep a record of your walk with stamps.
  • You receive a certificate of completion when you finish the walk.
Contact details
Strokestown Park House, Vesnoy, Strokestown, Co. Roscommon, F42 H282, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
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