St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Walk, West Cork

St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Walk, West Cork

Date: 18 August 2018 - 19 August 2018 Time: 9AM 18 August 2018 - 4PM 19 August 2018 Location: Drimoleague to Gougane Barra, West Cork Diocese: Cork &Ross Diocese Contact: David Ross, Top of The Rock Pod Pairc and Walking Centre
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This is a guided pilgrim walk which will be held on 18th & 19th August 2018 in the lead-up to World Meeting of Families 2018. Those attending WMOF2018 might like to consider signing up for this walk as part of their own pilgrim journey. David Ross from Top of the Rock Walking Centre conducts this walk three times per year, with availability for up to 70 people on each walk.

Background and History
In Drimoleague, West Cork, local tradition recalls that St Finbarr arrived at the Top of the Rock in the sixth century and admonished the people to return to Christ, after which he made his way to Gougane Barra. This route has now been opened to the public.

This revived pilgrim walk is a two-day trek from The Top of the Rock, Drimoleague to the hermitage of St Finbarr at Gougane Barra, a journey of about 36km. There are spectacular views over Bantry Bay and stretches of the West Cork coastline.  But it is the spiritual aspect that attracts many people: there are regular stops on this contemplative walk at places where St Finbarr might have stopped, to reflect on the life and message of St Finbarr.

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