Medieval pilgrimage, while essentially spiritual, is also heavily entwined with topography and landscape. It is, in fact, the place where devotion and geography intersect. Unusual physical places, like mountain tops, natural caves and springs, often assume a sacred quality, and extraordinary events, such as miracles and visions, are linked to them, marking them as sacred spaces. St. Patrick’s Purgatory and the route there weave together Ireland’s sacred legacy with its landscape and geography.
The Pilgrim’s Way to St. Patrick’s Purgatory traces a route for the modern pilgrim through Ireland and across the boundaries of the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland. It begins in Dublin and ends at Lough Deg in County Donegal, bringing travellers on a journey through the rich remains of Ireland’s medieval past. It provides a cultural itinerary that can be travelled by car or bike, on foot, and even partly by boat, through one of the loveliest landscapes of Ireland and Europe.
Included is an introduction to the topic of medieval pilgrimage and an overview of what the early pilgrims have told us about this route and the site. It features descriptions of the monuments, relics and saints along the way, as well as a stage-by-stage description of the journey itself.
Provides travellers’ information, photos, maps, plans, a bibliography chronology, index and links to online resources and photo galleries.