Baile Fhobhair - "Townland of the spring"

The Valley of Fore, North Westmeath

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 Facebook Page.

Tours & Trails

  • A 3km looped walk ("St Fechin's Way") begins at the car park. Pick up your copy of the Visitor's Guide from the Coffee Shop and follow the trail at your own pace.

Fore is 79 minutes from Dublin, 28 minutes from Mullingar and 6 minutes from Castlepollard.

Car Park Coordinates

Local Accommodation

Hounslow House

Clonageeragh, Fore
Hounslow House B&B is a spacious, 200 year old farmhouse set on wooded heights overlooking Fore and its historic Abbey. Open April - September.


Whitaker Lodge B&B

Moortown, Fore
Whitaker Lodge B&B in Fore offers five comfortable en-suite bedrooms, accommodating up to 12 people.