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National Famine Way

Trail Overview Details

Grade: Easy
Format: Linear
Trail Quality: ***
County: Roscommon, Westmeath, Dublin
Category: Walking/Hiking Trails
Type: National Waymarked Trail
Length (Kms): 165.00
Climb (m): Minimal
Estimated time: 6 days
Start point: Strokestown House
Start point grid ref: M 935 807
End point: Dublin Docklands
End point grid ref: O 176 534
Nearest town to start: Strokestown
Ordnance survey map: OSI Discovery Series Sheet 33, 40, 41, 48* (*ca 1.3km on canal bank), 49 and 50
Facilities: Car parking, shops, restaurants/cafés, accommodation, etc. in Strokestown
Parking, toilets, café at trailhead
Public transport: N/A
Map guide available: N/A


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Description of Trail

An adventurous 165 km cross country trail that mostly follows the Royal Canal as it weaves through country lanes, villages, towns and city - can be done in sections over time or all at once - as you choose. Follow the story of Strokestown’s Famine Emigrants as our interactive bronze shoe sculptures creates a thought provoking experience, on this commemorative cross country walk. The trail is topped and tailed by two iconic museums – “The National Famine Museum” at Strokestown Park and “The Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship” / “ EPIC - Irish Emigration Museum” at the Dublin end.                                                   

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