This April 19th, to celebrate Pilgrim Paths Day 2014, you are welcome to come join us as we walk Turas Cholm Cille, a three hour pilgrimage walk and one of the oldest traditions in Gleann Cholm Cille. The stations of the Turas consist of megalithic tombs, natural landscape features and cross pillars. Our friend Howard Goldbaum has created a comprehensive guide to the Turas on his excellent Voices from the Dawn website.
According to the organisers:
National Pilgrim Paths Day is a new Easter Festival based on Ireland’s dense network of medieval pilgrim walking routes. This new heritage themed event is organised by the local communities adjacent to each of our principal penitential routes and is aimed at raising awareness of Ireland’s rich inheritance of pilgrim paths. It is targeted, not only at those who enjoy exploring ancient tracks imprinted with the footsteps of our penitents past, but also at the growing numbers seeking walkways with deeper spiritual significance. Easter Saturday, April 19th 2014, has been designated Ireland’s first National Pilgrim Paths Day with a nationwide series of walks planned along all of this country’s major medieval, penitential walkways.
Overview: A three hour penitential pilgrimage around the Glencolmcille valley, usually conducted barefoot around 15 stations/cross slabs, church and well.
Suitability: Rain gear & strong walking boots required. Some hill for 300 metres and soft ground in others. Otherwise along road and paths.
Getting there: Take R263 from Donegal Town through Killybegs, An Charraig, to Gleann Cholm Cille.
Time: 3 hours.
Distance: 7 km.
Contribution required from Participants: none
Walk Start time: 10am
Meetup: Meet at Oideas Gael 10am
Pilgram Paths Day 2014 will be officially launched by broadcaster Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, at 11:30 am on March 31st.