A national network of walking trails, including St Kevin’s Way at Glendalough, has been proposed by The Heritage Council.
The “Pilgrim Paths” project would include Glen Colm Cille and Lough Derg in Co Donegal, to the Sli Mor taking in Clonmacnoise in Co Offaly, down to the Cosan na Naomh Pilgrim Path on the Dingle peninsula, Co Kerry.
The Heritage Council has now launched a national Pilgrim Paths Day which will take place on Easter Saturday, April 19.
In Wicklow, a walk along the St. Kevin´s Road to Glendalough has been organised on the day.
The 11km walk will leave the Glendalough visitor centre carpark at 9.30am.
The idea for Pilgrim Paths was devised by guidebook author John O’Dwyer, who is chairman of the National Pilgrim Paths committee.
Organisers hope that the Pilgrim Paths can be Ireland’s answer to the Camino de Santiago and attract visitors from around the world.
The Heritage Council hope to produce a special Pilgrims’ Passport to encourage people to “collect” each trail along the route and make several trips to Ireland to complete their “passport”.