The Columban Way is a major cultural project, developing a route that crosses Europe from north to south, linking up a network of historic sites, across the island of Ireland, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and Italy.
An important aspect of the project is the walking route, which will become one of the great pilgrimage routes of Europe. After the Camino de Santiago, the Columban Way will be the longest heritage trail in Europe, crossing the most regions and nations.
The Columban Way celebrates the heritage of the ‘Irish movement’ of the 6th to 8th centuries, in particular the story of the monks Columbanus and Gall, who travelled across Europe in this period of great turbulence and conflict, founding monastic communities that were to flourish until the late middle ages.
The route mostly crosses rural and mountain areas, including small towns and villages. It is a means of developing tourism, attracting walkers and other visitors to lesser-known areas, and of involving local communities.
It is a cultural and educational project, involving events, celebrations and cultural exchanges between its members, including young people in the different communities, around music, outdoor activities and the visual arts.
Last but not least, the Columban Way will promote scholarship and increase knowledge and understanding of the historical figures of Columbanus and Gall, and of this important time in history.