- Total Distance (approx): 6 miles, 9.6km
- Terrain: Paved: Minor roads (L-roads), sometimes on pavement on more major routes. Grassy/sometimes muddy: Meadow/Farmland.
- Start: Faughart Graveyard/Well
- Accommodation: Dundalk
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Directions WALKING ROUTE: approx 6 miles 9km. Exit FAUGHART Shrine car park and turn right and continue walking straight. After .5 miles take the turn right signposted (there is a broken Faughart Community sign half hidden by a hedge at the turn) towards KILCURRY on the L7108. At O’Hagan’s pub crossroads continue straight across towards KILCURRY. At the crossroads in KILCURRY (you will see the Kilcurry Church where Brigid’s Relic is housed ahead on your left and the Big Tree just before it.) continue straight across (still the L 7108). There will be a sign for Dundalk to the left and Armagh to the right, you will be walking straight ahead towards the Church. After 2 miles (from Faughart) at a Y junction with a chevron road sign veer left. After approx .4 miles you will walk under the M1 bypass overhead bridge. After .3 mile at Barleyfields turn right at the red bricked bungalow. Continue on over the stone bridge at the Castletown River through Toberone townland. At the T junction (you will see Fatima Church ahead) turn right, then immediately left at Mullhollands shop onto the Milltown Road (passing the Dundalk Rugby Football Club). At the next crossroads cross the Castleblayney road straight through to Mount Avenue which is signposted the Castletown Motte near Cuchulain’s Mound on the right hand side. At the REDUCE SLOW sign turn right to the entrance to SALLY COX’S DEERPARK. Walking across her land which is part of the ancient pathway and holds the sacred healing stream of Brigid. Exit at the Carrick Road and turn left to walk into DUNDALK to Glengat House B&B. Map
Getting to the Start Point – Faughart
If you are travelling by public transport, we recommend catching a taxi from Dundalk to Faughart, see phone numbers below. On our organised pilgrimage, we will arrange lifts from Dundalk to Faughart.
Local Taxi Numbers
Dundalk Taxi Tel: 042 93 777777 and 042 93 333333.
Driving from the North
Head south on N1 toward Exit 18 (Sign posted for Dún Dealgan Thuaidh/Dundalk North/N52/Cairlinn/Carlingford/R173/Baile Mhic Scanláin/Ballymascanlan) Take this exit and at the first Roundabout (Major Hollows Roundabout) take the 2nd exit onto R132 At the next Roundabout (Ballymacscanlan Roundabout) take the 4th exit off this roundabout on to the N52 and drive over the bridge. Follow the road for 1.4km until you arrive at a T junction. Turn right at the T junction and you will see a car park on your left for St. Brigid’s Well and Shrine.
Driving from the South
Take M1 to exit 18. Take the first left turn on to L71000. Drive 1 mile (1.6 km), Faughart Shrine is on the Left Hand Side. GPS Co-ordinates Discovery Map 29: J 049 127 Longitude: 6° 23′ 52″ W Latitude: 54° 3′ 11″ N View Larger Map
Getting to the End Point – Dundalk
By Bus from Dublin
Bus Eireann’s 100X service departs from Custom House Quay on the hour. It arrives into Dundalk’s Long Walk bus station. Get off at the second last stop in Dundalk, opposite McDonalds. Glengat B&B (which we usually use on Brigid’s Way) is only one minute walk away. View Glengat on Google Maps www.buseireann.ie The Matthews bus service departs hourly from Parnell Street. It terminates in Dundalk at The Marshes Shopping Centre. You can get a taxi from the shopping centre to Glengat B&B or walk for about 15 minutes. View Glengat on Google Maps www.commuter.matthews.ie
By Bus from Dublin Airport
Bus Eireann’s 100X bus departs at 20 minutes past every hour. It arrives into Dundalk’s Long Walk bus station. Get off at the second last stop in Dundalk, opposite McDonalds. Glengat B&B is only one minute walk away. View Glengat on Google Maps www.buseireann.ie
By Train from Dublin
Departs from Connolly Station. www.irishrail.ie
By Train from Belfast
The Enterprise train service leaves from Belfast Central rail station approximately every 2 hours and takes 75 minutes. www.translink.co.uk Trains arrive into Dundalk’s Clarke station from where it is a 10 minute walk into Dundalk town. Glengat B&B is about a 5 minute walk away. View Glengat on Google Maps www.irishrail.ie There is no convenient bus service from Belfast to Dundalk.
Travel From Airports near Belfast
Flights arrive into George Best Belfast City airport and into Aldergrove, Belfast International Airport. Both these airports have bus services which bring you into Belfast city centre. (Airport express 600 bus from George Best Airport and the Express 300 bus from Aldergrove). www.translink.co.uk From there, take a taxi to Belfast Central railway station and follow the instructions above.
Driving from the South
Most routes are via Dublin and the M50. Follow signs for the North and Belfast. Leave the M50 at Junction 3 for the M1. Remain on the M1 until Exit 16 signed Dundalk South. When you leave the motorway take the 3rd exit on the roundabout for Dundalk town . Stay in left lane until you reach a large junction; the Xerox building is on the right, with the Crown Plaza Hotel on the left. Turn left at this junction for Dundalk town centre. You will go through 3 sets of small lights – 1 at a college – 1 at a hospital and 1 just before going over a bridge. When you go through the 3rd lights and cross the bridge prepare to turn left. The Glen Gat is ahead on the corner on the right.
Driving from the North (via Belfast)
Take the M1 out of Belfast and follow the signage for Dublin. This will involve coming off the M1 at junction 8 and coming onto the A1 (still signposted Dublin, the South) via a series of roundabouts. Remain on the A1 (which becomes the N1 when it crosses the border) until Junction 18, signposted Dundalk North. Follow the signs to take you into Dundalk town centre. You will pass the Greyhound stadium on your left and a few minutes later, a Lidl on your right. Get into the right hand lane and take a right hand turn at the second set of lights. This road will bring you into the town centre.
Driving from Monaghan, Enniskillen, Sligo and Cavan
Drive through Castleblaney on to the N53 until you come to Dundalk.
For information about the Dundalk area, contact the Dundalk Tourist Office