Lough Derg lies about four miles north of the village of Pettigo in County Donegal. Station Island, the location of the Pilgrimage, is often referred to as Saint Patrick's Purgatory or simply Lough Derg.
This is a special sanctuary of peace and personal challenge. This small lake-island, renowned in Irish Christian tradition since the time of St. Patrick, has been receiving pilgrims continuously for well over 1000 years.
In earlier times the area around the lake was a place of protection for anyone in trouble. The monastery nearby offered hospitality to all. Today Lough Derg still reaches out to those in need. Whatever your creed, background, social circumstances or religious practice, you are most welcome.
There are no outsiders here: in bare feet, everyone is equal. If you are seeking time out from the daily grind of the everyday, then 'come to this quiet place, and rest for a while'.
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“Lough Derg is an experience of real humility where the material world takes a back seat.”