Pilgrimage has been defined as “a meaningful journey to a place of spiritual significance” and the practice is almost as old as recorded history. In Ireland the pilgrim journey has strong historic resonance with early Christian scholars coming to Clonmacnoise; medieval penitents journeying to Lough Derg, and Glendalough, while others sought heightened spirituality by visiting Skellig Michael or climbing Croagh Patrick.
Despite a long pilgrim tradition and strong national reputation for spirituality, there was until relatively recently little footfall on Ireland’s ancient penitential paths with the country not regarded as an important destination for spirituality motivated travel.
For group leaders contemplating leading a group to the Emerald Isle, we have listed a few of the popular pilgrimage destination on the Island. Alongside the spirituality side of the tour, we always factor in time to explore the cities & towns, the dramatic landscapes, and of course, to relax with good company in a cosey pub with traditional Irish music!