St Cooey’s Wells

South of Portaferry and towards Ballyquintin Point (signposted), stand the Holy Wells. The Wells were founded in the 7th century by St. Cooey and reopened in 1977. According to tradition, it was here that St. Cooey performed his penitential exercises in the late 7th and early 8th centuries. The foundations of a Church, modern altar and three Holy Wells may be found.  A drinking well, washing well and eye well are still visited by pilgrims and are reputed to have healing powers.  On the shore a short distance from the Church a flat rock can be found with deep indentations which, according to popular belief, mark where St. Cooey placed his hands and feet whilst in prayer.  Access is from a gate at the car park, a path and steps lead to the wells where seating is available.  Admission:            

Opening Times

  • Open all year


  • Free
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