The Tóchar Valley is a beautiful area of rural communities stretching from Balla to Murrisk. Croagh Patrick has drawn pilgrims in their droves since pre-Christian times.
It still has a magnetic attraction and many of the faithful continue to climb barefoot, especially on Reek Sunday, the last Sunday in July. A small church at the summit marks where Saint Patrick spent 40 days in contemplation and prayer. This is the ultimate destination of the Tóchar Phádraig.
The Tóchar Valley is a beautiful area of rural communities stretching from Balla to Murrisk and includes all the following communities:
Balla / Manulla
Ballyheane / Errew
Drummin / Brackloon
Steeped in antiquity the unspoiled countryside is liberally sprinkled with churches, Celtic artefacts and historical sites.
The Tóchar Phádraig pilgrim route, which links these townlands and villages for a distance of 55 km, follows a section of the ancient chariot road of the Kings of Connaught which ran from Tulsk in Roscommon to Croagh Patrick, the holy mountain.
A wide varietry of tourism products are available throughout the valley.
Angling / Fishing
Heritage / History
Retreats and Reflection
Knock (30 minutes)
Galway (60 minutes)