Columban Way Walk 2024


During August and September a long distance walk will take place between Mount Leinster, County Carlow and Bangor in County Down. The all island walk is 356 miles long. The route is part of the European Columban Way which passes through England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein and Italy. The Columban Way retraces the journeys of Columbanus throughout Europe. Columbanus was a renowed leader in the spread of Christianity across Europe in the 6th and early 7th Century.

Born in the foothills of Mount Leinster, educated on Cleenish island in Fermanagh he rose to prominence as master in the great monastery in Bangor.
At the end of the 6th century, Columbanus felt called to pilgrimage for Christ, and so travelled to continental Europe with a group of 12 followers, including Gall. These men would go on to establish some of Europe’s most influential Christian centres in present day France, Austria and Italy.
The walk commences on the 17th August leaving from Mount Leinster. Walkers will follow in the footsteps of Columbanus as they travel northwards to Cleenish island in Fermanagh by the 5th of September. From there they will walk through counties Monaghan, Armagh and Down. The walk will end in Bangor on Saturday 21st of September, International Peace Day.

It is hoped that local communities along the way will engage with the walkers, welcoming them and providing simple hospitality. Local walking groups may wish to join the small core group of walkers who are walking the entire Columban Way on the island of Ireland. Locals may like to walk for one day or a half a day. If you are interested in participating in the walk or would like to volunteer to support the walkers in some way please contact us using the form below:

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