But Patrick’s passage through this historic land is marked by more than just ancient churches. It doesn’t take much imagination to cast yourself back to the 6th century and picture the difficult existence that Patrick, as a boy of 16, endured on the side of Slemish Mountain. Battered by the wind and rain, he toiled here as a slave tending sheep.
Or how about Strangford Lough? Today it's a haven for wildlife, but it’s believed Patrick sailed through here, to land just outside the town of Downpatrick.
For many, however, the essence of St Patrick lies in the simplicity of Saul Church, built in 1932. Back in 432AD, St Patrick established his first church in a simple barn on this very site. It was the beginning of a legacy that lasts till today, and has touched the lives of people worldwide.