Catholic Pilgrimage Tours to Ireland

For over 50 years, Unitours has been the industry leader in Catholic pilgrimage tours to Ireland where incredible cliffs, mountains, and cathedrals will leave lifelong memories. While all trips can be customized to your group’s preferences, listed below is a typical example of one of our Irish pilgrimages.

Sample Itinerary

All of our Pilgrimages to Ireland can be customized to the desires of your particular group. Listed below is a sample itinerary to give you a better feel for a “typical” pilgrimage.

Day 1: Travel to Ireland

Day 2: Cliffs of Moher & Galway

From the start, we will drive to the coast of County Clare to view the impressive Cliffs of Moher almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. We will then continue to the shores of Galway Bay and onto Galway City for some afternoon free time.

Day 3: Connemara & Knock Shrine

Travel through the Connemara region past Croagh Patrick, where St. Patrick fasted for 40 days. We will then pass through Westport and onto Knock, Ireland’s National Marian Shrine. Here, we can celebrate mass and have private time before returning to Galway.

Day 4: Clonmacnoise & Dublin

Travel to Clonmacnoise, a monastery founded in 548 AD by St. Kieran. You will see the remains of nine churches, three famous 9th century High Crosses and then celebrate mass in an open-air oratory. The trip will then continue through Tullamore and Edenderry to Dublin, Ireland’s capital city.

Day 5: Dublin City Tour

In Dublin, you will visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College to see the Book of Kells, an early manuscript of the gospels. The remainder of the day is free so you browse, shop and sightsee. In the evening, you can choose from the many restaurants and pubs in this wonderful city.

Day 6: Glendalough & Tomhaggard

From Dublin, you will journey through the Wicklow Mountains and stop at Glendalough, an ancient monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. You’ll continue through Avoca, a small town famous for its woolens, and then onto Tomhaggard. Here, we celebrate an open-air mass at one of the famous 17th century “Mass Rocks” and onto Waterford for overnight.

Day 7: Blarney Castle/Killarney

Take a coastal journey to the Queenstown Heritage Center which tells of the emigration of over 6 million Irish leaving for America during the famine. We will celebrate Mass at St. Colman’s Cathedral where most immigrants would have celebrated their final Ireland liturgy. We then travel to the Blarney Castle to kiss the famous Blarney Stone and then onto Killarney.

Day 8: Ring of Kerry Tour

On this day, you will enjoy Ireland’s most spectacular scenery and highest mountains, the Magillycuddy’s Reeks and the three still lakes, studded with little islands. We will stop at Sneem to view its colorful houses around two squares and then return to Killarney

Day 9: Dingle Peninsula Tour & Medieval Banquet

Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral before seeing the majestic hills, valleys and beaches along the Dingle Peninsula. We will stop at the fishing town of Dingle and Adare to see its thatched houses and then proceed to the Bunratty Castle in Hannonside. Here we will enjoy a banquet served in the Great Hall of the castle with lords and ladies sharing their songs and stories.

Day 10: Travel Home to USA

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