The National Famine Way
The National Famine Way is an outdoor experience that marks the poignant story of emigration in Ireland during the Famine in 1847. The trail is digitally and physically way-marked and covers 167km. The trail can be undertaken in 27 stages from 1km to 15km. Along the route you can enjoy the beautiful Irish countryside, villages and towns of Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, Meath, Kildare, Fingal and Dublin.
The national trail connects the National Famine Museum in Strokestown Park, County Roscommon with Rowan Gillespie’s Famine memorial on Custom House Quay in Dublin, along the banks of the Royal Canal. Your trail will end near the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum.
Walk or Cycle The National Famine Way
The route weaves its way through the middle of Ireland and is way-marked with over 30 pairs of 19th Century bronze shoe sculptures. It is also an accredited Heritage and Arts Trail which is mostly located in the countryside along the Royal Canal on flat and well-surfaced paths. Which makes this trail perfect for families, casual walkers and cyclists.
Track Your Progress
The National Famine Way Passport/Guide is available to purchase and provides lots of information including; an OSI map which highlights local history, cultural landmarks and amenities along the route.
When you purchase the Passport Pack you also receive a personalised ticket which names one of the family groups who walked the trail in 1847, so you can truly follow in their footsteps.
The route is broken down into distinct sections from 1km to 15km, through Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath, Meath, Kildare, Fingal, ending in Dublin City Centre. These can be done over several months or even years! Your passport does not expire. You can track your progress on the Passport with 27 stage stamps.
A completion certificate to mark your achievement is awarded at the end of the Trail at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, Dublin. To receive your completion certificate you need to have at least one stamp from each county. The Passport also entitles you to discounts in a number of museums along the route. The stamps can be acquired over several years and collecting them offers the family a brilliant challenge that they can complete and enjoy together.