Written for: Carpe Diem #1751 Lough Derg, Donegal (Ireland)
“Ireland, that beautiful small country next to the UK. Ireland is known for it’s deep mystic history … but there are also several pilgrim’s routes in Ireland. Just like in Australia, these pilgrim’s routes are young.
In 2013 a group of people started to create pilgrim’s routes through Ireland and one of those routes we will walk today … Lough Derg, Donegal.
The Lough Derg pilgrimage route from Station Island Visitor Centre to Saints Island, Co. Donegal is a timeless pilgrim route that is far removed from roads, houses and other signs of modern day living. It has many echoes of its early Christian past along the 12 Km (7 miles) long path. The old pilgrimage road to Lough Derg follows in the footsteps of the medieval pilgrims — not to Station Island where pilgrims normally go today, but to the threshold of the larger Saints Island, which acted as its gateway several hundred years ago. The focus of the legendary St Patrick’s Purgatory, Station Island, was a deep pit in which those who spent a day and a night would allegedly be purged of their sins, experiencing both the torments of the damned and the delights of the blessed. The walk starts at the visitor centre near the pier where boats bring pilgrims across to Station Island. Information about the pilgrimage may be obtained at the centre.
“At 1.75km, a fingerpost points down to St Brigid’s Well, marked by a modern metal cross which is festooned — like the bush above it — with pilgrims’ votive rags. The goal of the pilgrimage is the edge of the lake opposite Saints Island where one can still see the stones that formed the foundation of the wooden bridge that would have brought medieval pilgrims across to Station Island. The path continues full circle to the visitor centre where the walk began.”
heart and soul bound together
© Chèvrefeuille (our host)
Here is my attempt:
secluded from homes
pilgrims walk to edge of lake
circle of Lough Derg