Saint Patrick Trail: drive a journey through Ireland’s Patron Saint’s life
Champion of Christianity, devoted missionary, lonely slave, heroic savior… or simply Ireland’s main icon. Whatever your view on Ireland’s Patron Saint, the story and legends are certainly well-known around the globe. This 17th March, why not join worldwide celebrations from his native land? Follow the Saint’s footsteps in your campervan and drive along the St. Patrick’s Trail, a 92-mile route around Northern Ireland. Discover his stories written in the stones while exploring Northern Ireland’s natural paradise, stopping at all the key St. Patrick’s sites as well as enjoying majestic mountain views, coastline drives and natural parks. Campervan hire allows you to enjoy this renowned pilgrimage at your own pace.
Slemish Mountain: the perfect starting point for any St. Patrick’s itinerary
From Bunk Campers’ Belfast or Dublin depots, drive northwards to the Slemish Mountain, where Patrick was believed to have been held a slave for 6 years. Cook lunch in your camper amongst the green countryside and enjoy a hiking through the mountain and its surroundings. Did you know that the mountain stands on the slopes of an extinct volcano at 1500 feet high?
Bangor: be transported back to the dying days of “pagan Ireland”
After spending a day in nature, drive your campervan to Bangor. There, the North Down Museum, a key Christian Heritage site, attracts pilgrims from all over the world wanting to see where St. Columbanus started its evangelist mission during the Dark ages. Next to the museum, the Bangor Abbey, known as “Light of the World” in the 6th century, was one of the most important Christian centres of learning in that period.
Newtownards: medieval abbeys and monastic ruins
Lead your camper a few miles southwards and explore Newtownards’ surroundings. Stop by Movilla Abbey, an early monastery refunded as an Augustinian abbey in the 12th century. Park up in the pretty village of Greyabbey and visit its Cisternian Abbey Church. Finally, drive to Comber and walk along Nendrum Monastic Site.
Strangford Lough: St. Patrick’s gateway to Ireland
After his years in France, St. Patrick came back to Ireland through Strangford Lough. The largest in the British Isles, the inlet’s natural beauty attracts both locals and tourists. Park your camper at one of its nearby campsites and enjoy a full range of outdoor adventure activities including kayaking or diving. Afterwards, take relaxing break by sailing along the loch or enjoying bird-watching from the comfort of your campervan.
Downpatrick: the heart of St. Patrick’s Trail
From Saul Church – where the Saint began his crusade against pagans – to Down Cathedral – where his remains were laid to rest: the St. Patrick’s Trail can’t be completed without a road trip around Downpatrick. Explore other key sites such as St. Tassach’s church, the holly wells at Struell or Inch Abbey. Finish the tour at the Saint’s Patrick Centre to enjoy a multi-media experience that teaches about the Saint’s life.
Armagh: home to not only one but two St. Patrick’s Cathedrals
On your drive to Armagh, find the legacy of Patrick’s work at Bagenal’s Castle in Newry. After that, stop by the oldest of Irish cities and walk along Armagh’s elegant Georgian streets. Visit both St. Patrick’s cathedrals and try some local stew before returning your camper to Bunk Campers’ depot.
If you are interested in touring Saint Patrick’s Trail this March, hire a campervan in Belfast or Dublin with Bunk Campers from only £35 per day. For more information and booking, use Bunk Campers’ online booking engine, email [email protected] or call +44 (0) 2890 813057. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be updated on the latest promotions, travel routes, destinations and tips!