Please use the information below as a guide as we continue to improve the route. We recommend using your own maps if walking independently. Please check travel details with the relevant transport providers. If you have a suggestion to improve the route information on this page, please contact us.
- Total Distance (approx): 6 miles, 9.6km
- Terrain: Paved: Minor roads (L-roads), sometimes on pavement on more major routes. Grassy/sometimes muddy: Meadow/Farmland.
- Start: Faughart Graveyard/Well
- Faughart Shrine (1 mile, 1.6km approx)
- End: Glengat B&B, Dundalk. Dundalk is a large town with many shops, cafes and supermarkets.
The route that we walk between Faughart and Dundalk crosses private land. We will map a version on public roads that you can follow independently in due course. In the meantime, please see the directions below for the start and end points of the pilgrimage. It is possible to travel to Faughart from Dundalk via taxi.
Getting to the Start Point – Faughart
If you are travelling by public transport, we recommend catching a taxi from Dundalk to Faughart, see phone numbers below. On our organised pilgrimage, we will arrange lifts from Dundalk to Faughart.
Local Taxi Numbers
Dundalk Taxi Tel: 042 93 777777 and 042 93 333333.
Driving from the North
Head south on N1 toward Exit 18 (Sign posted for Dún Dealgan Thuaidh/Dundalk North/N52/Cairlinn/Carlingford/R173/Baile Mhic Scanláin/Ballymascanlan)
Take this exit and at the first Roundabout (Major Hollows Roundabout) take the 2nd exit onto R132
At the next Roundabout (Ballymacscanlan Roundabout) take the 4th exit off this roundabout on to the N52 and drive over the bridge.
Follow the road for 1.4km until you arrive at a T junction. Turn right at the T junction and you will see a car park on your left for St. Brigid’s Well and Shrine.
Driving from the South
Take M1 to exit 18. Take the first left turn on to L71000. Drive 1 mile (1.6 km), Faughart Shrine is on the Left Hand Side.
Discovery Map 29: J 049 127
Longitude: 6° 23′ 52″ W
Latitude: 54° 3′ 11″ N
Getting to the End Point – Dundalk
By Bus from Dublin
Bus Eireann’s 100X service departs from Custom House Quay on the hour. It arrives into Dundalk’s Long Walk bus station. Get off at the second last stop in Dundalk, opposite McDonalds. Glengat B&B (which we usually use on Brigid’s Way) is only one minute walk away. View Glengat on Google Maps
The Matthews bus service departs hourly from Parnell Street. It terminates in Dundalk at The Marshes Shopping Centre. You can get a taxi from the shopping centre to Glengat B&B or walk for about 15 minutes. View Glengat on Google Maps
By Bus from Dublin Airport
Bus Eireann’s 100X bus departs at 20 minutes past every hour. It arrives into Dundalk’s Long Walk bus station. Get off at the second last stop in Dundalk, opposite McDonalds. Glengat B&B is only one minute walk away. View Glengat on Google Maps
By Train from Dublin
Departs from Connolly Station.
By Train from Belfast
The Enterprise train service leaves from Belfast Central rail station approximately every 2 hours and takes 75 minutes.
There is no convenient bus service from Belfast to Dundalk.
Travel From Airports near Belfast
Flights arrive into George Best Belfast City airport and into Aldergrove, Belfast International Airport. Both these airports have bus services which bring you into Belfast city centre. (Airport express 600 bus from George Best Airport and the Express 300 bus from Aldergrove).
From there, take a taxi to Belfast Central railway station and follow the instructions above.
Driving from the South
Most routes are via Dublin and the M50. Follow signs for the North and Belfast. Leave the M50 at Junction 3 for the M1. Remain on the M1 until Exit 16 signed Dundalk South.
When you leave the motorway take the 3rd exit on the roundabout for Dundalk town . Stay in left lane until you reach a large junction; the Xerox building is on the right, with the Crown Plaza Hotel on the left. Turn left at this junction for Dundalk town centre.
You will go through 3 sets of small lights – 1 at a college – 1 at a hospital and 1 just before going over a bridge. When you go through the 3rd lights and cross the bridge prepare to turn left. The Glen Gat is ahead on the corner on the right.
Driving from the North (via Belfast)
Take the M1 out of Belfast and follow the signage for Dublin. This will involve coming off the M1 at junction 8 and coming onto the A1 (still signposted Dublin, the South) via a series of roundabouts. Remain on the A1 (which becomes the N1 when it crosses the border) until Junction 18, signposted Dundalk North. Follow the signs to take you into Dundalk town centre.
You will pass the Greyhound stadium on your left and a few minutes later, a Lidl on your right. Get into the right hand lane and take a right hand turn at the second set of lights. This road will bring you into the town centre.
Driving from Monaghan, Enniskillen, Sligo and Cavan
Drive through Castleblaney on to the N53 until you come to Dundalk.
Note that the accommodation that we use for the Brigid’s Way organised pilgrimage may differ from the B&Bs listed here and that the information is provided here for independent walkers. If you are coming on the organised pilgrimage we ask that you book accommodation through Brigid’s Way to help us with the logisitics and for the best rates.
- Glengat B&B (Dundalk) +353 (0) 42 933 7938
For information about the Dundalk area, contact the Dundalk Tourist Office