St Declans Way is a fully way marked trail crossing South Tipperary and West Waterford, St Declan’s Way can be hiked in either direction, although it is usually walked from north to south, starting at the rock of Cashel and finishing at the seat of St Declan, the patron saint of the Déisi of East Munster, down in Ardmore. The trail follows old trading routes and the ancient path taken by Declan in the fifth century when he went to meet Saint Patrick in Cashel. It has subsequently been used by pilgrims to visit his monastery, holy well and grave in Ardmore. With over sixty sites of historic, archaeological or natural significance along its 115 km, it gives you an insight into the area’s ecclesiastical past. Moderate for the most part, the trail becomes rather strenuous in the Knockmealdown Mountain section.