Walk the hills - Half day excursion

Walking through the by-ways of the Home of Saint Patrick exploring a landscape of ancient monuments and saintly connections. Visiting the Church founded by Saint Patrick and Ireland's national monument.

The Walk

A ramble off the beaten track from Saul to Slieve Patrick. The walk begins with a visit to Saul Church where Saint Patrick began his mission and spent his final days. Leaving from here the walk connects to the Lecale Way at Lough Money. Along the Way you will see neolithic monuments and hear ancient tales.

The route follows in the footsteps of both saint and pagan along a scenic lakeside. It takes in Slieve Patrick, crowned by the largest statue of Saint Patrick in the world. You will also have the chance to view Saint Patrick's altar which is shrouded with myth and legend. In the same church are two stained glass windows by Harry Clarke.

Completing the route the walk returns to The Barn for lunch.

Round the day off in style

The Barn Bar & Country Kitchen has been at the heart of Saul for well over 100 years. On our return we will enjoy a fantastic selection of local food. The recommended dish to round of the tour is the seafood chowder. 

A bit more info
  • The walk is 4 miles and circular, returning to the start point.
  • Terrain can be uneven in places. Waterproof and sensible walking shoes are advised.
  • The route will use quiet public highways, laneways, and open grassland (there may be roaming livestock).
  • The tour lasts 2.5 hours, food is served afterwards.
  • The walk can be organised for any day of the week with reasonable notice. For weekend dates this can be as little as 3 days.
The meeting point
The Barn Bar & Country Kitchen
Mearne Road
Saul
Downpatrick
BT30 6SY
Regular Ulsterbus services operate from Downpatrick to Strangford passing through Saul, the service is 16/16e.

The price

All prices include food afterwards

Groups up to 4 people - £100

Groups up to 8 people - £180

Walks for larger groups up to 15 people can be organised.

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