Famine Way Tours

Walk in the footsteps of the missing 1,490

National Famine Way

The National Famine Way walking trail takes you on an unforgettable and thought-provoking experience. Follow in the footsteps of the 1,490 tenants evicted from Denis Mahon’s Estate at Strokestown, Co. Roscommon in 1847, also known as ‘black 47’, one of the worst years of suffering during the Great Irish Famine. You can now follow in the footsteps of the missing 1,490 and learn their stories.

The trailhead is the National Famine Museum in Stokestown, Co. Roscommon and follows quiet country roads to Clondra, Co Longford before joining the Royal Canal Greenway to Dublin and EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum and the Replica Famine Ship Jeanie Johnston. Adding to this thought-provoking trail are thirty-one interactive 19th-century children’s shoe sculptures telling the stories of the tenants forced to emigrate to Canada.

Our Tours

Self Guided Walking Tours

 Follow the story of Strokestown’s 1,490 Famine Emigrants with 31 interactive bronze shoe sculptures dotted along the trail, creating a thought-provoking experience unique for any long-distance walking trail.
The National Famine way can be done in sections over time or all at once, it’s your choice.

Group walking tours

We cater for walking clubs, families and groups of all sizes. With a range of supports available for larger groups including guides and vehicle support. We can plan your bespoke group tour to your requirements.

Self-Guided Cycling Tours

We can also arrange cycling tours along the National Famine Way for those looking for a more adventurous holiday. 

Why Choose Famine Way Tours


Great selection of accommodations along the Famine Way, 3* & 4* hotels, charming B&B's and guesthouses with accommodation upgrades available at certain locations.

Luggage Transfers

Luggage transfers between accommodation each day and transport to/from accommodation when required.

Walkers Pack

Official walkers pack from The Irish Heritage Trust, including walkers passport and 10% discount on selected museums and attractions along the route.

Detailed Itineraries

Complete itineraries of the route and advice on the best places to eat, drink and visitors attractions along the route.

Emergency Support

We are on mobile / cell contact every day while you are on tour in the unlikely event that you should need us for any reason

Airport Shuttle

We can help arrange shuttle transfers to and form the airport