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Walk or Cycle the National Famine Way

The National Famine Way is a new 167km walking and cycling trail that spans from Strokestown, Co Roscommon to Dublin. This historic trail follows the footsteps of 1,490 emigrants who were forced to walk this route during the 1847 famine. The trail was the first leg of their journey to a new life in Canada. Alas, only a third made it to their final destination as there was a heavy death toll on the transatlantic ships that history refers to as ‘coffin ships’.

Famine Statue, Custome House Quay, Dublin

Follow in their footsteps

This trail reflects the life of people in Ireland during the famine and their difficult journey in search of a better life. The National Famine Way is perfect for anyone who loves walking or cycling as it will take you through the most unspoiled countryside in Ireland. The trail starts with the National Famine Museum in Strokestown where the first 20km takes you along country roads, across the River Shannon where the trail joins up with the Royal Canal Way. There are signposts and trailheads to guide you along the way to where the trail finishes with at The Irish Emigration Museum and the Jeanie Johnston replica famine ship in Dublin.

Strokestown Famine Museum, Roscommon

Passport memento

As part of the historical journey along the National Famine Way, walkers can purchase a passport and guide for €10 and 27 stage stamps can be collected along the way. The passport focuses on the journey of Daniel Tighe, a 12 year old boy who survived the challenging journey to Canada from Ireland. This is optional, but if you collect all 27 stamps you can obtain a "completion certificate" as a memento of this experience.

National Famine Way Map and Passport



Along the National Famine Way you will find welcoming Bed & Breakfasts that will make the ideal base for your adventure. The trail also links up with sections of  Ireland’s Ancient East and Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands, so they'll be lots of fascinating culture, historical sites and great food experiences to enjoy along the way. Your B&B hosts will be able to guide you on the hidden gems in their location to ensure your stay in their region is an unforgettable experience.

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Posted: 21 Sep 2020 by Claire Regan | with 0 comments

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