Tóchar Phádraig Pilgrim Passport
Overview. The Tóchar follows the route of the ancient royal road from Cruachán, the seat of the Kings of Connaught, to Croagh Patrick. Holding many resonances from its pagan past; it was Christianised as a penitential route by St Patrick, but remains stubbornly untamed and much as it was for medieval pilgrims. The route is well way-marked with the distinctive Tochar logo.
Grade. Moderately difficult pilgrim route with some tough, demanding underfoot conditions in places. Altitude rises to almost 500m on Croagh Patrick. Raingear, trekking boots, warm clothing are essential.
Time. At least 10 hours. Can be completed in 1 challenging or 2 more leisurely days.
Trailhead. Ballintubber Abbey is located just off the N84, about 14km from Castlebar. Here you must register as a Tóchar pilgrim before setting out. This costs €10.
Finish. Car park at Murrisk
Passport Information: 094 903 0934, email: email@example.com.
Passport Stamping Point: Ballintubber Abbey & Campbell’s Pub, Murrisk.
Further Path information – Tóchar Phádraig
Map and guidebook available from Ballintubber Abbey.
Accommodation: Maura Walsh, Tranquil Escapes, Ballintubber, Claremorris, Co Mayo 094 9030722. http://www.tranquilescapesbb.com/
If you intend completing Ireland’s new Pilgrim Passport Journey this summer, there are 2 further opportunities to join fully guided walks of the Tóchar Phádraig.
The dates are:
Saturday 30th (Walk First half of Tochar) and Sunday 31st July (Walk 2nd half of Tochar)
Saturday 27th August at 8.30am (Full Tochar walk in 1 day)
The walks provide an ideal opportunity to obtain a Tochar stamp for Ireland’s new Pilgrim Passport, which is available for sale from Ballintubber Abbey shop. Each pilgrimage departs from Ballintubber Abbey, Claremorris, Co Mayo and consists of a 35km walk.Further Information: 00353 (0)94 903 0934 or book at: firstname.lastname@example.org.