The Lough Derg Pilgrim Path has been newly refurbished and is now open to the public.
During one weekend in July 2020 Lough Derg celebrated the renewed pilgrim path with two organised pilgrim walks.
In the video Fr La extended the invitation to people to come and experience the path with him in July. Even though the July dates have now passed the video below touches on the highlights of the path and people are welcome to walk the path in their own time.
Lough Derg points to its rich history as it relaunches the Pilgrim Path. Whilst the path is not part of the modern pilgrimage it has a long association with the pilgrims and it follows part of the route used by pilgrims in the middle ages.
To walk the pilgrim path at Lough Derg is to walk in the footsteps of our pilgrim ancestors. It is amazing to recall that in the 1400s pilgrims from as far away as Spain, Italy and Hungry used part of this trail as they made their way to what medieval Europe knew of as St Patrick’s Purgatory.
There are many echoes of our Christian past along the way in this diverse habitat. The lake, its islands and the shoreline, which the path follows for a considerable section of the pilgrim path, are within the designated Special Protection Area (SPA) for bird life and National Heritage Area (NHA).
The walk offers stunning views of Station Island from a number of vantage points. One of these points is also a distinctive highlight for walkers; St Davog’s Seat. From St Davog’s Seat facing southward, the view extends as far as Lough Erne. Turning and looking northward no better viewpoint can be found for a comprehensive survey of Lough Derg, the sanctuary and all its surroundings.
Map of the Lough Derg Pilgrim Path