Christian heritage

Slí Cholmcille

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Glencolmcille, Donegal, Republic of Ireland
Ms Noeleen Ní Cholla
T: +353(0)749558121
E: nnicholla@forasnagaeilge.ie

Visitor trail linking places associated with St Colmcille or Columba, one of the greatest of Irish saints. It can be followed in Gleann Cholmcille, Gartán and Tory island and online at www.colmcille.org.

Slí Cholmcille (the St Columba Trail) is a visitor trail in the footsteps of early Irish saints. St Colmcille, or Columba, was one of the greatest of all Irish saints. He left Ireland as a monk in 564 for Scotland, where he founded the monastery of Iona. His churches shaped both Ireland and Scotland The trail stretches from south-west Donegal to Iona and the Isle of Lewis in Scotland.

The trail can be seen online at www.colmcille.org, which also has details of events. For early monks, this was a ‘Sea road of the Saints’, travelled in frail boats. In Donegal, the route is shared with The Wild Atlantic Way, a major tourism driving route. The trail is suitable for car and ferry, and many areas are ideal for walking and cycling.

Slí Cholmcille starts in south-west Donegal in Gleann Cholm Cille, which nestles behind Sliabh Liag, a signature point for the Wild Atlantic Way. Tory island with its early monastery is an important part of the Slí. Nearby on the mainland are ancient churches: Tullaghobegley, with its panorama of moutain sea and island, and Ray with its impressive high cross. The Slí links Irish-speaking communities on the Wild Atlantic Way. Like Derry Iona and Argyll and the Hebrides, they have a great wealth of story and song.