St. Finbarr’s Pilgrim Passport

St. Finbarr’s Pilgrim Passport

Overview.  A charismatic pilgrim route offering unforgettable vistas as it leads in fine style over the Sheehy Mountains and valleys  to Gougane Barra.  Denoted by the brown Slí Bharra  plates, the path follows the route of the Sheep’s Head Way and then  Beara Breiffne Way from north of Kealkil – it requires 2 days to complete.

Grade.                   Strenuous trail traversing a considerable amount of high, isolated terrain. Most suitable for experienced St. Finbarr's Pilgrim Passportwalkers with good boots, gaiters, warm clothing and raingear. If in doubt, join an organized walk. Information on these at

Distance.              37km

Time.                     6-7hrs on each of two days.

Trailhead.           On the ring road around Cork city take the N71 to Bandon. Then follow the R596 through Dunmanway to Drimoleague. Walk begins at Top of the Rock, 1km north of the village.

Finish.                   Gougane Barra Church

Highest Elevation. Lough Fadda (526m)

Passport Information: 086 1735134, Bookings to:

Passport Stamping Point: Gougane Barra Hotel.

Transport.  Transfers between Gougane Barra and Drimoleague are available to pilgrim walkers at a special rate €40 to transport 1 or 2 persons.   Local taxi man, Timmy O’Driscoll, is offering this service. His contact number is (086) 600 8335.

Further information – St. Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path

Accommodation: Gougane Barra Hotel; 026 47069 ( Elizabeth Ross; 028 31547 (

For those completing Ireland’s new Pilgrim Passport Journey this summer, here are further opportunities to join fully guided walks along St Finbarr’s Pilgrim Path, Co Cork and then obtain a passport stamp.
The dates are:
Fri 5th and Saturday 6th of August.
Sat 13th and Sunday 14th of AugustFurther
Information from David Ross:: (028) 31547 or 086 1735134