St Declan's Way

The majority (85%) of this trail is graded Moderate, however the section over the Knockmealdown Mountains (the remaining 15% of the total route) is graded Strenuous.

County Tipperary
Grade Moderate
Length 115 km
Time 6 days
Format Linear
Dogs Allowed No
Waymarking Blue arrow on white background
Start Point
Rock of Cashel Car Park
Finish Point
St Declan's Monastery in Ardmore
Nearest Town to Start Cashel
Grid Ref. S 075 409 / X 188 774
Lat. and Long. 52.520649, -7.888972 / 51.948658, -7.726512

Saint Declan's Way is a 115km pilgrim walking route linking Cashel in County Tipperary with Ardmore in County Waterford. It follows the route that Declan took when going to Cashel to meet Saint Patrick in the fifth century. In turn, it is the way that Pilgrims have taken to visit St. Declan's monastery, holy-well and grave in Ardmore for the past one and a half thousand years.

A walk along Saint Declan's Way brings you through the heart of Ireland's Ancient East. On your journey you will encounter many historic places. The trail starts at the Rock of Cashel and passes Cahir Castle and Lismore Castle. It finishes at the early Christian monastic site at Ardmore with its stunning round tower. There are over fifty other heritage sites along or close to the trail route.

St Declan's Way utilizes paths along two of Munster's greatest rivers, the Suir and the Blackwater. The trek over the Knockmealdown Mountains, taking in Mount Melleray Abbey, offers great vistas north and south and is one of the highlights of the trail.

Maps and other information

Trail Management

Tipperary Section: South Tipperary Development CLG. Tel: 052 7442652 Email: info@stdc.

Waterford Section: Waterford LEADER Partnership. Tel: 058 54646 Email:


In Cashel: Car parking, shops, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, pubs, accommodation 

At Cashel Trailhead: Car parking

In Ardmore: Car parking, shops, restaurants, cafes, takeaways, pubs, accommodation

At Ardmore Trailhead: Car parking

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheets 66. 74. 81 and 82
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Bus services available at Cashel, Cahir, Ardfinnan, Lismore, Cappoquin, Ardmore

Train services available at Cahir

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