Xhale

Killeavy Camino

We will walk in the footsteps of one of Ireland’s first female saints, Moninne,

In 450, Moninne left the Hill of Faughart to found a church on the foothills of Slieve Gullion.  This is now called Killeavy (church of the mountain). Ring of Gullion Ambassadors and Tour Guides Ann Ward and Venora Hovelt will lead this special 10 mile guided walk.  Our sacred Camino begins with magnificent views and a tour of the sacred sites of Faughart. This was home to St Bridget who was a great mentor to Moninne.  We meander across beautiful roaming country roads for 5 miles within the spectacular Ring of Gullion. The Three Steps pub in Dromintee is our halfway resting point, where we will have lunch with soup from  Drumnasilla Chutneys and  sandwiches from Mulkerns Eurospar. Our pilgrim walk continues across the side of Slieve Gullion and through the cooling forest.  At the courtyard we will have a comfort break.

Our final leg of the journey is to Killeavy Old Churches for a short guided tour where you will connect to the stillness of these sacred sites. We follow an ancient path up to a pre-christian holy well dedicated to Moninne after her death in 518. Ann’s Grandfather helped to build the shrine in 1929 and her Mums birthplace is just below the holy well.

We rest here and breathe in the panoramic view of Killeavy. After our descent, we will be transported back to Faughart care of Frontier taxis.

Special notes for guests 

Please note the Tourism NI/Tourism Ireland COVID-19 guidelines will be used to ensure your comfort and safety during this experience.

When booking please advise us of any health conditions or mobility issues.

Part of the route is steep and may be slippy. Wear warm, comfortable walking gear including walking boots.  Bring a small rucksack with water (and an empty bottle for holy water from the sacred well) and snacks, waterproofs, walking poles, (if possible), sun cream, extra layers. Also, please advise us of any special dietary requirements or any other needs and we will do our best to accommodate you during this special experience.