Scenes and Saints
Pilgrimage in Ireland
Discover it For Yourself
It’s one thing to see the stunning photography, but little can prepare you for being near the edge of the Cliffs of Moher, or the top of Croagh Patrick. Scenic hikes, the salty air of the Irish countryside invite you into God’s creation like no other.
Intertwined with the land and Ireland’s great buildings, are the lives of the saints. You can walk in the steps of St. Brigid in and around Kildare, climb the mountain where St. Patrick fasted for 40 days, and visit the gorgeous Kylemore Abbey a Benedictine monastery in Connemara.
sounds, and sips
A trip to Ireland wouldn’t be complete without a dose of the whiskey, Guinness, libraries, pubs, and farms that make the country so famous. Whether in the city or country, taste and see the distinct culture of Ireland.
Once you land in Dublin, take a tour through Dublin’s streets before arriving at St. Andrew’s Parish Church for Mass. Afterward, enjoy the tastes of Ireland in Dublin pubs and restaurants. Then, you’ll exchange cityscapes for views of the Irish countryside as you head to Knock for the evening.
Into the Irish Hills
Begin the day by discovering Knock Shrine, Ireland’s National Marian Shrine, set within over 100 acres of landscaped gardens. It’s a perfect time for individual reflection and prayer as well as Mass together. Then, head to Westport for lunch and prep for a hike to the top of Croagh Patrick, considered the holiest mountain in Ireland after St. Patrick fasted there in the 5th century A.D. Then, head back down to Westport for rest, dinner, and your overnight stay.
Sacred Spaces in Connemara
After breakfast, journey through the Connemara Region. Set on the coast, Connemara offers a diversity of striking scenes, including views of the ocean, small villages, lakes and mountains. In the afternoon, head to the magnificent Kylemore Abbey, a monastery on the grounds of the Kylemore Castle and large Victorian walled gardens. A tour, guided hike, Liturgy of the Hours, and personal time on the estate are all part of the visit. End the day in Galway.
The Cliffs of Moher
Continuing south along the coast, you’ll stop at one of the most famous and visited ancient tombs — the Poulnabrone Dolmen. Experience a country way of life during a sheepdog demonstration at the ancient Caherconnell Stone Fort. Then, after Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in Ballyvaughan, experience the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, often photographed, but only fully appreciated in person. After what may be a spiritual moment at the coast, head back to Galway for the evening.
Life and Country of an Irish Saint
The day begins with a visit to the ruins of Clonmacnoise, a sixth-century monastery that includes a cathedral, several churches, towers, high crosses, and grave slabs. After lunch you’ll continue on toward Kildare with a visit to Solas Bhride Centre to walk in the footsteps of St. Brigid, including Mass, St. Brigid’s Cathedral, original monastic site of St. Brigid, Brigid’s Fire Temple and St. Brigid’s well. Then, dinner and overnight in Kildare area.
A Hike Then Back to the City
On the final day it’s back to Dublin. But first, after a scenic drive through Wicklow Mountains you’ll hike through the valley of Glendalough and have Mass at St Kevin’s Church. Once back in Dublin, choose from either a tour of the Guinness Storehouse or seeing the Book of Kells at the Library of Trinity College. Finally, reminisce over dinner and a pint with your fellow pilgrims before turning in for the night.
Once you register, we’ll help you prepare for the journey, logistically and spiritually. In the meantime: