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Irish Sacred Well Tours offer small exclusive private walking tours around Glendalough and the Co.Wicklow coast.  Tours explore old pilgrim paths and holy wells of this beautiful, ancient land. All tours are led by Rosaleen Durkin whose insight and knowledge shines a light on places that so often remain hidden to the untrained eye.

The autumn evenings filled
with copper shades
I see the birds’ neck in the frame

A figure walks into the sunset
Someone goes past
suspended from the sky

Takes more imagination
When everything’s remote control
For me it’s just a case of
What’s on the far side of the road

Tell everybody
I’m going away for ten years
I’m going to wander
Among the Wicklow hills

Among The Wicklow Hills by Pierce Turner
Sung by Christy Moore

This walk brings us to St.Kevin’s Well where you learn about the folklore and traditions of holy wells, the offerings and the rag trees, the connection with the faerie underworld and the integration of the pagan to Celtic spirituality to Roman Catholic. You have time to engage in your own reflective thoughts and leave an offering or prayer if you choose. Longer walks include a journey along a beautiful green road leading to the lake and learning about the history of the monastic area including Reefeet Church, The upper and lower lakes, St Kevin’s Cell, The Miners’ Road and St Kevin’s bed.

This walk brings us to the wells of west Wicklow; Tobar Eoin, with its history steeped in the tragedies of the 1798 rebellion, St Colmcille’s roadside well, St Fiaccs Well near the Carlow border, and St Brigid’s Well, Kilralenagh, an area steeped in ancient history.

This walk begins in Hollywood, a picturesque village in west Wicklow and the starting point for the well-known Kevin’s Way walk through the valley to Glendalough.  We visit the start of the walk and also the St Kevin’s Well in the village.

The Pipers Stone circle is also part of this walk and we learn about the history and folklore associated with this fascinating and mystical place.  Tea/Coffee/Scones afterwards at The Hollywood Cafe.

This walk is to the summit of one of the ancient Lughnasa (Harvest) Festival mountains. The tradition of climbing the mountain at Lughnasa ended here in 1798 because of the rebellion.

At the top, there are the ruins of a church that was built inside a cairn and also a holy well.

A moderate to high level of fitness needed as the walk is steep towards the top, but it is done at a slow pace. No dogs allowed, as sheep in the area.

This walk is first to visit the ancient Fraughan’s Well, located in Tropperstown with beautiful views over the Glendalough Valley. The second well we visit is Lady’s Well hidden away in a Coillte forest on Carrick Mountain near Moneystown. This is a very old well marked on maps back on 1870. Relaxed slow pace of walking, so suitable for moderate level of fitness.

This walk begins a little inland and incorporates visits to St.Kevin’s Well and Glasnamullen, on the old pilgrim path to Glendalough in a beautiful location beside a river. We then visit Trinity Well Ashford en route to the coast. Trinity Well had an active Pattern Day until the late 1920’s with music and dancing and large crowds attending.

The walk then continues on the beautiful coastal path to Bride’s Head Wicklow. We will walk to the coves and inlets and visit the most easterly well in Ireland with folk tales that tell of how sailors brought water on ships to keep safe at sea, and a maiden who drank the water would meet her beloved by one year and a day later.

This walk covers the ancient connections in the monastic stories between Ireland and Wales. We follow in the footsteps of St Mogue (St. Adain) who trained with St. David in Wales. The walk begins in Ferns and then visits Preban Graveyard and Holy Well, and then another St. Mogue Well in Roddenagh Forest.

Tea/Coffee break in Tinahely Farm Shop.

This walk allows for groups to work with me to plan what the group organisers want to focus on with themes and locations and time. Assistance with advice on accommodation, restaurants and travel is available.

Reflective themes using poetry, nature awareness, time and space to create a relaxed and refreshing walk. (Maximum 10 people.)

In co-ordination with the group organiser, a tour is designed to suit the needs and goals of the group. Tour themes can include nature awareness, quietness, and simple tips and techniques for stress management and lifestyle changes. I can also help with organising accomodation, meals and healing therapy work if required. (Maximum 10 people.)

This customised package is designed for people who want 24 hours for themselves away from their day to day life, family, work and screens. Accommodation, walks and healing treatments are included in this package.

School Tour walks are available in a number of locations in Co.Wicklow for children aged 6-18 yrs. The focus is to learn about the history, traditions and folklore of the sacred wells and pilgrim paths of Ireland.

This walk is suitable for families with children aged 6yrs upwards. The walk & talk is aimed at helping children connect with folklore history and traditions in a fun way. They can learn about the traditions and make a wish at the well. We will also cover the information about the plants, trees and flowers at the well and explain the history of rag trees.

This walk is donation based and 100% of donations are used to fund stone signs and information plaques for a number of holy wells in Co.Wicklow

This walk is to Lady’s Well, hidden in the Coillte forest on Carrick Mountain near Moneystown and Glenealy. Suitable for children aged 6yrs upwards. Children can learn about the traditions and folklore of the wells and make a wish or leave an offering.

This walk is donation based and all donations are used to fund stone signs and information plaques for holy wells in Co.Wicklow.

This walk brings us to St.Kevin’s Well where you learn about the folklore and traditions of holy wells, the offerings and the rag trees, the connection with the faerie underworld and the integration of the pagan to Celtic spirituality to Roman Catholic. You have time to engage in your own reflective thoughts and leave an offering or prayer if you choose. Longer walks include a journey along a beautiful green road leading to the lake and learning about the history of the monastic area including Reefeet Church, The upper and lower lakes, St Kevin’s Cell, The Miners’ Road and St Kevin’s bed.

This walk brings us to the wells of west Wicklow; Tobar Eoin, with its history steeped in the tragedies of the 1798 rebellion, St Colmcille’s roadside well, St Fiaccs Well near the Carlow border, and St Brigid’s Well, Kilralenagh, an area steeped in ancient history.

This walk begins in Hollywood, a picturesque village in west Wicklow and the starting point for the well-known Kevin’s Way walk through the valley to Glendalough.  We visit the start of the walk and also the St Kevin’s Well in the village.

The Pipers Stone circle is also part of this walk and we learn about the history and folklore associated with this fascinating and mystical place.  Tea/Coffee/Scones afterwards at The Hollywood Cafe.

This walk is to the summit of one of the ancient Lughnasa (Harvest) Festival mountains. The tradition of climbing the mountain at Lughnasa ended here in 1798 because of the rebellion.

At the top, there are the ruins of a church that was built inside a cairn and also a holy well.

A moderate to high level of fitness needed as the walk is steep towards the top, but it is done at a slow pace. No dogs allowed, as sheep in the area.

This walk is first to visit the ancient Fraughan’s Well, located in Tropperstown with beautiful views over the Glendalough Valley. The second well we visit is Lady’s Well hidden away in a Coillte forest on Carrick Mountain near Moneystown. This is a very old well marked on maps back on 1870. Relaxed slow pace of walking, so suitable for moderate level of fitness.

This walk begins a little inland and incorporates visits to St.Kevin’s Well and Glasnamullen, on the old pilgrim path to Glendalough in a beautiful location beside a river. We then visit Trinity Well Ashford en route to the coast. Trinity Well had an active Pattern Day until the late 1920’s with music and dancing and large crowds attending.

The walk then continues on the beautiful coastal path to Bride’s Head Wicklow. We will walk to the coves and inlets and visit the most easterly well in Ireland with folk tales that tell of how sailors brought water on ships to keep safe at sea, and a maiden who drank the water would meet her beloved by one year and a day later.

This walk covers the ancient connections in the monastic stories between Ireland and Wales. We follow in the footsteps of St Mogue (St. Adain) who trained with St. David in Wales. The walk begins in Ferns and then visits Preban Graveyard and Holy Well, and then another St. Mogue Well in Roddenagh Forest.

Tea/Coffee break in Tinahely Farm Shop.

This walk allows for groups to work with me to plan what the group organisers want to focus on with themes and locations and time. Assistance with advice on accommodation, restaurants and travel is available.

Reflective themes using poetry, nature awareness, time and space to create a relaxed and refreshing walk. (Maximum 10 people.)

In co-ordination with the group organiser, a tour is designed to suit the needs and goals of the group. Tour themes can include nature awareness, quietness, and simple tips and techniques for stress management and lifestyle changes. I can also help with organising accomodation, meals and healing therapy work if required. (Maximum 10 people.)

This customised package is designed for people who want 24 hours for themselves away from their day to day life, family, work and screens. Accommodation, walks and healing treatments are included in this package.

School Tour walks are available in a number of locations in Co.Wicklow for children aged 6-18 yrs. The focus is to learn about the history, traditions and folklore of the sacred wells and pilgrim paths of Ireland.

This walk is suitable for families with children aged 6yrs upwards. The walk & talk is aimed at helping children connect with folklore history and traditions in a fun way. They can learn about the traditions and make a wish at the well. We will also cover the information about the plants, trees and flowers at the well and explain the history of rag trees.

This walk is donation based and 100% of donations are used to fund stone signs and information plaques for a number of holy wells in Co.Wicklow

This walk is to Lady’s Well, hidden in the Coillte forest on Carrick Mountain near Moneystown and Glenealy. Suitable for children aged 6yrs upwards. Children can learn about the traditions and folklore of the wells and make a wish or leave an offering.

This walk is donation based and all donations are used to fund stone signs and information plaques for holy wells in Co.Wicklow.

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