01. 590 Ireland (1/2)
01. 590 Ireland (1/2)

01. 590 Ireland (1/2)

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Covering 560km, this introductory route across the island of Ireland is divided into 2 parts, which can be followed one after the other or indistinctly. Starting at Mount Leinster, the birthplace of Columban, the first part takes you to the north of the Republic of Ireland.
Colomban Way is the route followed by Saint Colomban at the age of twenty, around 560, from his birthplace to the great abbey of Bangor, which he left around 590 at the age of 50 to evangelise the continent of Europe, of which he is one of the Founding Fathers according to Robert Schuman.

This path is being finalized.


The Irish route has a different name depending on the language spoken: Colomban Way in English or Turas Columbanus in Gaelic.

The route is currently being finalised with the counties and provinces concerned. It will comprise around twenty stages averaging 20 to 25km per day. The first two stages are given as examples:

  1. Mount Leinster - Myshall
  2. Myshall - Carlow
  • Departure : Mount Leinster (County Carlow in the Republic of Ireland)
  • Arrival : Ballyconnell
  • Towns crossed : Carlow, Kilkenny, Laoighis, Kildare, Offaly, Meath, and Cavan

Altimetric profile


The nearest railway stations to Mount Leinster are:
Muine Bheag (to the west)
Enniscorthy (East)

Bus lines allow to get as close as possible to :
Carlow (to the West)
Bunclody (East)

Access and parking

Mount Leinster (796m) is only accessible by road. 
Close to the border with Northern Ireland, Ballyconnell is a small village accessible only by road, car or bus.

Parking :


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