Lough Derg Activities

_Lough Derg Pilgrimage Season 2019

Lough Derg Pilgrimage Season 2019

Lough Derg, the Sanctuary of St Patrick is situated in Co Donegal, Ireland. This is a place of pilgrimage from ancient Christian times, still offering sustenance, support and refreshment for the spirit in changing times. It is a unique island, rich in prayer and faith, which has been calling pilgrims for over a thousand years, an island which St. Patrick himself was called to. For many people Lough Derg offers an opportunity to step back from their lives, or to become closer to God through prayer and self-reflection.

National Pilgrim Paths Week 20th – 28th April 2019

The ancient pilgrim path at Lough Derg is accessible to walkers throughout the walking season and we welcome those who will undertake the walk during National Pilgrim Paths week. To find out more about the Lough Derg ancient path link here   https://www.pilgrimpath.ie/irelands-pilgrim-paths/

What’s on during the 2019 Pilgrimage Season

One Day Retreats – 2019

The island will re-open on Saturday 4th May 2019 for the One-Day retreat season. The One-Day retreats offer a flexible programme of prayer and reflection, and enables a much wider audience to enjoy the serenity of the island and keep connected with the spirituality of Lough Derg. The retreat is open to adults, and not suitable for children. (Fasting or walking barefoot is not required).

Sat 4th, Sun 5th, Mon 6th

Sat 11th, Sun 12th, Tues 14th

Sun 19th, Tues 21st, Sat 25th, Sun 26th, Mon 27th


Sat 17th, Sun 18th, Mon 19th, Tues 20th,

Sat 24th, Sun 25th, Mon 26th

Tues 27th, Sat 31st.
Sun 1st, Wed 4th, Sat 7th,

Mon 9th, Tues 10th, Sat 14th,

Sun 15th, Sat 21st, Sun 22nd, Sun 29th

There are a number of Special Days also on offer throughout the season calendar. Lough Derg welcomes families for certain day events please contact us for further information.

Quiet Days

Mon 13th May & Fri 6th September

One-to-One time with God, at your own pace, in the Lough Derg setting; in the sounds and sights of nature, in memory and imagination, in Word and in silence. Spiritual Direction available.

A Day of Friendship and Prayer

Wed 15th May

This day gives an opportunity for members of various Christian Churches to share prayer and fellowship. This year (2019), Fr. Peter McVerry SJ, will be guest speaker at the event. Fr. McVerry is respected for his tireless advocacy for social justice, particularly on behalf of those who find themselves without a secure place to call home.

Parish Ministry Day

Sat 18th May

This is a new day on Lough Derg, designed to offer spiritual refreshment to those who give service to others in their parishes: readers, safeguarding personnel, parish pastoral and financial people, baptism and liturgical teams and so many others.

Living with Suicide Day

Sat 28th September

This special day retreat will be led by Conor McCafferty, director of ZestNI, psychotherapist and widely respected for his leading work in the area of suicide prevention and bereavement. The retreat offers support to people who have struggled with suicidal ideation or who are affected by suicide through personal loss, who minister to the suicide bereaved, or who work in support services.

Advanced booking is essential.

Bookings can be made online at: www.loughderg.org, or via telephone on +353 (0) 71 9861518.

Three Day Pilgrimage – 2019

Pilgrimage is a meaningful journey to a sacred place… the Three Day Pilgrimage on Lough Derg offers clarity around what is wholesome and life giving.

The Three-Day pilgrimage will commence on Friday 31st May 2019 and will continue to welcome pilgrims each day up until Tues 13th August 2019. (Three-day pilgrimage ends Thursday 15th August 2019).

The pilgrimage follows a centuries-old pattern prayer and the programme includes prayer, quiet reflection in bare feet, keeping vigil (24hours) and maintaining a fast (one simple Lough Derg meal per day).

All pilgrims must be over 15 years, physically able to walk and kneel unaided and to maintain the fast.

One can begin their Three-Day pilgrimage on any day between 31st May and 13th August 2019.

Boats operate daily between the hours of 11:00am and 3:00pm.

Bookings can be made online at: www.loughderg.org, or via telephone on (071) 9861518.

Completed Events 


The the Island reopened on Monday 1st May 2017. The first day of the One Day Retreat season.

One Day Retreats – 2017

One Day Retreats enable a much wider audience to enjoy the serenity of this island made sacred through centuries of Pilgrim Prayer.

Saturday 6, 13, 20, 27
Sunday Dates 7, 14, 21, 28
Monday Dates 1, 22, 29
Tuesday Dates 9, 16,

Saturday 26
Sunday 20, 27
Monday 21, 28
Tuesday 22, 29
Wednesday 23

Saturday 2, 9, 16, 23
Sunday 3, 17, 24
Monday 11
Tuesday 5, 12
Wednesday 6

A number of Special Day Retreats will also be included in the Season Calendar.

Three Day Pilgrimage

One can begin the Three Day Pilgrimage on any day from during the Three Day Pilgrimage Season, which typically runs during the summer months. In 2017 the first day is Thursday 1st June continuing until Sunday the 13th August (Three Day Pilgrimage ends on Tuesday 15th August 2017).

Please keep an eye on Lough Derg’s Facebook Page for updates or visit https://www.loughderg.org.
*** Completed Events ***

Lough Derg Activities 2016


May 1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30

August 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30

September 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 17, 18, 24


Wednesday 1st June to Saturday 13th August 2016

You may begin your Three Day Pilgrimage on anyday between the above dates.

(Three Day Pilgrimage ends on 15th August)

Lough Derg, the sacred Sanctuary of St Patrick, is very much a living part of Irish Christian Heritage.

A unique island, rich in prayer and faith, an island which has been calling pilgrims for over a thousand years, an island which St Patrick himself was called to.

For many people Lough Derg provides an opportunity to step back from their lives, to take stock and examine the direction which their lives are taking. For many others it is a time to come closer to God through prayer and reflection.

Lough Derg is an island of pilgrimage set in calm lake waters, offers no distraction, no artificialities or interruptions. Instead you are warmly welcomed and cared for: there are no strangers here. The island, made holy by the prayers of millions of pilgrims over the centuries, continues to provide a safe haven for rest, reflection and renewal to all who wish to ‘Come away to a quiet place and rest a while’, Mark 6:31

The Island reopens on 1st May 2016. Online bookings will be available during January 2016. A telephone booking can be made by contacting the Lough Derg office.

Please contact us on 00353 (0)71 9861518.

If you wish to find out more about the 2016 season or if you wish to organise a group to come to the island for a One Day Retreat or a Group Tour we will be delighted to help you.

Tel/Fax 00353 (0) 71 9861518 (from Northern Ireland 028 68632391)

Email us: info@loughderg.org or visit our website at http://www.loughderg.org.