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St Declan's Well and Oratory

Seaside Monastery Coast Cliff Path, Ardmore, Ireland
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Small ruin at beginning (or end) of a great walk

One of many ruins associated with St. Declan in Ardmore. This one is at the beginning or end of a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Berdy2014
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Camberley, United Kingdom
Beautiful, peaceful place to walk and think.

Went there on a beautifully sunny afternoon in July. Found the area around the well and oratory to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jadams61
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Ulverston, United Kingdom
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Seaside Monastery Coast Cliff Path, Ardmore, Ireland
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Reviewed yesterday

One of many ruins associated with St. Declan in Ardmore. This one is at the beginning or end of a great cliff walk around the headland that connects many of the ruins, including the round tower and old cathedral. The walk offers stunning views and...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there on a beautifully sunny afternoon in July. Found the area around the well and oratory to be calming and relaxing. Took the walk along the cliff to the overlook at the top and then back down the same path. Found the whole time...More

Thank jadams61
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

While on the cliff walk do the sign of the cross with the well water and say a Lords Prayer and a Hail Mary for good luck

Thank Brian D
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

lovely walk to this historic site. well maintained and great information boards and signage available here. pick up an information leaflet in the cliff house hotel porch door and do the entire walk of about an hour. highly recommended

1  Thank joe007
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Reviewed 16 May 2018 via mobile

A really cool piece of history that greats you as you begin the cliff walk. There is signage to read about the background. Very serene. Always peaceful. Great spot to relax, take photos, and soak in history.

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Reviewed 16 May 2018

St Declan's Well & Oratory on the "Cliff Walk" was a very moving experience. A fellow at the local pub told us he prays there every morning. It is sacred ground.

Thank Angela P
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Reviewed 5 May 2018 via mobile

This well has always held a special place in our hearts since we first visited a few years ago. There is a lovely grotto where people leave photos of their loved ones and pray for them. As it is beside the bay it just gives...More

1  Thank johnjonea
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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

The starting point for Ardmore's amazing Cliff Walk - see Cliff Walk review - this 5k walk is not to be missed! The Well and Oratory are picture perfectly placed above the cliffs with magnificent views over the Atlantic - surrounded by wild flowers and...More

1  Thank MageeAvoca
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

Very nice views while walking. Make sure you have wellies if it was raining the night before. The path gets very mucky.

Thank Ginta R
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Above the town of Ardmore there is a 'Cliff Walk' that starts out near the Cliff Hotel. Near the start of that trail are the ruins of St. Declan's Church and Holy Well, dating from the 5th century, the highlight of the walk for me....More

Thank Pamela F
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amrobinson1820
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Response from Adamthegardener | Reviewed this property |
The well itself is in a small, flattened area at the very beginning of the cliffs that tower over the village and spread out in a horseshoe shape away from the main bay. It was thought that this area was somewhere that... More
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