The award winning St Fechin's Trail is a 3k looped walk that brings visitors through thousands of years of early Christian Heritage. The handsome ruins of a Norman Monastery stand on the site that once held one of
the most important monastic communities in Europe. Fore was a bright light during the dark ages, a place of welcome, learning, worship and innovation.
The still beautiful valley still has an enchanting
quality and its easy to imagine what encouraged generation after generation to found places of worship in this special place. A small mausoleum is all that remains of the ascetic practice of anchorites, locking
themselves away from the world and imposing a desert on themselves when they could find noe in the abundant Irish landscape. The stories of Fechin are all that remain of the Saint that chose Fore for his community in
the 7th Century.
We also celebrate friendship by calling a small part of St Fechin's Trail Nancy to Nelly, celebrating the friendship of two lovely women who from they were children used this
woodland path to run between each others homes. As part of North Westmeath Creative Tourism's work, one of our artists, Teresa Doyle, painted Nancy and Nelly into their homes. Too often we only remember our Saints and
Warriors - so it is nice that we remember the ordinary men and women of our past that were also important people in their own stories. Between Nancy and Nelly we also celebrate the imagination of our children and
the culture of our 'little people'.
There are three places to rest and refresh. Jane's Coffee Shop, The Abbey Bar and Lounge, which has a tiny shop and the Seven Wonders Bar.
The Parish of Collinstown and Fore often celebrate important events at St Fechin's Church and they post their schedules on their
Open throughout the year. Admission free.
Find out what other people had to say after their visit.
Pick up the keys to the Anchorite's cell from the coffee shop.
Treat yourself to a slice of homemade apple pie and a cup of tea in the coffee shop after your walk.
Tie a ribbon or a piece of cloth to the tree where it is claimed St Fechin used to pray.
Lovely pint of Guinness to be had in the Seven Wonders Bar. Called in after a Ghost Walk at Halloween. Very cosy and friendly little place.
Fore is 79 minutes from Dublin, 28 minutes from Mullingar and 6 minutes from Castlepollard.
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