Go the St Declan’s Way

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St Declan’s Way is a pilgrim walking route which takes you all the way from St Declan’s Monastery in Ardmore, Co Waterford to the Rock of Cashel. If you fancy taking on the full walk, get in touch with Phil and Elaine at Waterford Camino who can take you through some tailored options.

Alternatively, we suggest getting the most out of the route and various stop offs by breaking it up over three days with some transport back up!

Book into the stunning Cliff House Hotel, with luxurious rooms, a fabulous pool and Michelin starred food. On Day 1, get inspiration for your trip at the Round Tower where St Declan built his monastery, and take a walk along the coastal cliff path to drink in the views. We suggest taking the car to the lovely town of Cappoquin where you can pick up the 7km trail to nearby Lismore. This is a pleasant, rural walk through fields and along the Blackwater River. When you get to Lismore, make sure you stop off at Lismore Heritage Centre and Lismore Castle Gardens where you can learn more about the significance of the historical buildings. Fuel up at Foley’s on the Mall which is full of character and exceptional food before heading back along the marked route to Cappoquin.

If you have time, make sure you pay a visit to Cappoquin House and Gardens which has been home to the Keane family for almost 300 years.

And if you’re up for another 10km, you could pay a visit to the peaceful oasis of Mount Melleray Abbey.

On Day 2, we suggest spending time walking the route around Ardfinnan. You can choose to walk part or all of the trail through the beautiful Knockmealdown Mountains. The route takes you to Ardfinnan Castle which was built in the early 12th Century to guard the access bridge across the River Suir. Or take the trail along the River Suir, past the Swiss Cottage and Cahir Park Gardens as far as Cahir. Treat yourself to lunch at the Lava Rock – you’ll not regret it!

Head to Cashel for your last leg and check into the town’s popular Bailey’s Hotel. You can take on some or all of St Declan’s Way from here on Day 3, as it leads you through luscious countryside and past medieval Castles. And if you’re all walked out, there’s plenty to do and see in Cashel from visiting the iconic Rock to the Heritage Centre and Cashel Folk Village. Take your pick from the equally delicious Mikey Ryan’s or Café Hans.

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