Our Tours

Take an adventurous 167 km cross country trail that follows the Royal Canal as it weaves through country lanes, beautiful villages, traditional market towns and unspoilt countryside. 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.

Self-Guided Walking Tour - Full 167 km

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Our full National Famine Way Self-Guided Walking Tour takes you on an epic adventure through Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and Ancient East, steeped in history, mythology and traditional Irish culture. The tour starts at the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park and Gardens, Co. Roscommon, which tells the story of the Great Irish Famine during the 1840s and the conditions of the tenants living during that time. From Stokestown, you will follow the National Famine Way and learn the stories of the 1,490 evicted tenants forced to march to Dublin before making their way to Canada via Liverpool on the infamous coffin ships. The tour culminates at the EPIC (Emigration museum) & Jeanie Johnston (Replica Famine Ship) along the docks in Dublin.

  • Activity: Walking 9/10 Days
  • Duration: 11/12 Nights
  • Distance: 167km
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Tour Type: Self-Guided
  • Time To Go: April to October
  • Price: From €949 PPS

Tour Highlights

  • National Famine Museum - Strokestown, Co Roscommon
  • National Famine Way - 90% off-road walking trail along the Royal Canal Greenway
  • Corlea Trackway Vistor Centre - 2000 year old bog road & Museum - Longford
  • 13th Century Cistercian Abbey - Abbeyschrule
  • Famine Graveyard - Mullingar
  • EPIC Emigration Museum - Dublin
  • Jeanie Johnston Replica Famine Ship - Dublin
  • Day 1 - Arrive at Strokestown, Co Roscommon

  • Day 2 - Strokestown to Termonbarry - 18km

  • Day 3 - Termonbarry to Keenagh - 18km

  • Day 4 - Keenagh to Ballymahon - 12km

  • Day 5 - Ballymahon to Ballynacarrigy - 17km

  • Day 6 - Ballynacarrigy to Mullingar - 18km

  • Day 7 - Mullingar (Rest Day)

  • Day 8 - Mullingar to Kilucan - 16km

  • Day 9 - Kilucan to Moyvalley - 18km

  • Day 10 - Moyvalley to Kilcock - 18km

  • Day 11 - Kilcock to Lucan - 16km

  • Day 12 - Lucan to Dublin - 17km

  • Day 13 - Depart Dublin

Standard Hotels & Guesthouses

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the National Famine Way for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in towns and villages close to the Famine Way.

Superior Hotels & Guesthouses

There is also the possibility of upgrading to very special hotels and unique properties along the Famine Way. We have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes so you can feel pampered. Rest assured when you select Superior Collection, you will enjoy the full experience of our best hotels and top guesthouses when and where this option is available, however, bear in mind, that sometimes due to location factors, only our choice of standard collection hotels and guesthouses may be available.

Self-Guided Walking Tour - Half 83 km

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  • ITINERARY
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We have split the Famine way in two sections, which is perfect for those who prefer to walk for 4/5 days. Section one starts in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon and finishes in Mullingar, Co Westmeath. Section two begins in Mullingar and culminates at the EPIC (Emigration museum) & Jeanie Johnston (Replica Famine Ship) along the docks in Dublin.

  • Activity: Walking 4/5 Days
  • Duration: 5/6 Nights
  • Distance: 83 km
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Tour Type: Self-Guided
  • Time To Go: April to October
  • Price: From €529 PPS

Tour Highlights

  • National Famine Museum - Strokestown, Co Roscommon
  • National Famine Way - 90% off-road walking trail along the Royal Canal Greenway
  • Corlea Trackway Vistor Centre - 2000 year old bog road & Museum - Longford
  • 13th Century Cistercian Abbey - Abbeyschrule
  • Famine Graveyard - Mullingar
  • Day 1 - Arrive at Strokestown, Co Roscommon

  • Day 2 - Strokestown to Termonbarry - 18km

  • Day 3 - Termonbarry to Keenagh - 18km

  • Day 4 - Keenagh to Ballymahon - 12km

  • Day 5 - Ballymahon to Ballynacarrigy - 17km

  • Day 6 - Ballynacarrigy to Mullingar - 18km

Standard Hotels & Guesthouses

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the National Famine Way for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in towns and villages close to the Famine Way.

Superior Hotels & Guesthouses

There is also the possibility of upgrading to very special hotels and unique properties along the Famine Way. We have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes so you can feel pampered. Rest assured when you select Superior Collection, you will enjoy the full experience of our best hotels and top guesthouses when and where this option is available, however, bear in mind, that sometimes due to location factors, only our choice of standard collection hotels and guesthouses may be available.

Self-Guided Walking Tour - Short Walks

  • OVERVIEW
  • ITINERARY
  • ACCOMMODATION

There are ten sections to complete the Famine Way, each about three to four hours walking time. This allows the walker to complete the whole route over several trips. These trips can be between three and four days walking and perfect for a long weekend adventure.

We can customise your walking tour and recommend sections based on your requirements.

  • Activity: Walking 3/4 Days
  • Duration: 3/5 Nights
  • Distance: 35+km
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Tour Type: Self-Guided
  • Time To Go: April to October
  • Price: From POA

Tour Highlights

  • National Famine Museum - Strokestown, Co Roscommon
  • National Famine Way - 90% off-road walking trail along the Royal Canal Greenway
  • Corlea Trackway Vistor Centre - 2000 year old bog road & Museum - Longford
  • 13th Century Cistercian Abbey - Abbeyschrule
  • Day 1 - Arrive at Strokestown, Co Roscommon

  • Day 2 - Strokestown to Termonbarry - 18km

  • Day 3 - Termonbarry to Keenagh - 18km

  • Day 4 - Keenagh to Ballymahon - 12km

Standard Hotels & Guesthouses

We have hand-picked family-run hotels and guesthouses along the National Famine Way for their character and warm hospitality. Up to 3-stars, you will be staying in towns and villages close to the Famine Way.

Superior Hotels & Guesthouses

There is also the possibility of upgrading to very special hotels and unique properties along the Famine Way. We have selected luxurious 4 and 5-star hotels, boutique guesthouses, relaxing country homes so you can feel pampered. Rest assured when you select Superior Collection, you will enjoy the full experience of our best hotels and top guesthouses when and where this option is available, however, bear in mind, that sometimes due to location factors, only our choice of standard collection hotels and guesthouses may be available.