Journeys 2020

The Irish Camino Experience - In the steps of our ancestors

Date

22nd-27th March

Nights

5

Cost

£775 for single occupancy, discounted to £675 for a shared room when booked with a friend or partner. Please note on the booking form the name of the person you will be sharing with and your preference for a double or twin beds.

Description

Discover this hidden corner of Ireland's Ancient East, through the unique perspective of local experts, Phil and Elaine, who have carefully crafted this 6 Day Camino Experience that retraces the footsteps of early Celtic Christian saints and pilgrims. Phil, a nationally celebrated Musical Director with a PhD in Christian Spirituality, gently guides visitors on their way. Walking these trails with Phil and Elaine will leave imprints that will last a lifetime.

It's not about covering vast distances, more taking the time to soak in the beauty and peace of all that we pass along the way. Every day, you can expect something totally different to what has gone before; a mountain trail one day, an old coastal pilgrim path another, a boat trip, a Taize-style musical vigil led by members of the Island of Ireland Peace Choir, a cliff walk, an optional cycle on the Waterford Greenway, and a walk around the mystical lakes at Glendalough in the Wicklow mountains. Time on our Irish Camino is good for mind, body and soul.

This holiday is the first in our exciting new partnership with Waterford Camino Tours that is run by Phil and Elaine Brennan. You can find out more at our blog

Walks and Excursions

Our Camino experience is a time to pause our lives and take stock. The universe has a unique way of guiding us on our way. Our walks are gentle interspersed with some mindful, Christian reflection. We pace our trails so that no one is left behind. Time-out is as much about fun and adventure as it is about connecting to something deeper within ourselves.

Day 1: Arrival in Dungarvan
Please aim to arrive between 4pm and 6pm in the afternoon. Our priority on this day is to settle into our accommodation, enjoy a nice meal together and get our bearings for the days ahead.

Day 2: Comeragh Mountains
Morning: 8 km walk from the Mahon Falls in the heart of the Comeragh Mountains following the river downstream as it meanders its way through Crough Woods below.
Afternoon: We take our coach transfer to Waterford, Ireland's oldest city, to enjoy a guided tour of the Viking Triangle followed by an Irish Tapas Experience of light food, wine and song in the timeless surrounds of the 13th Century Choristers' Hall in Waterford Treasures Museum.

Day 3: St. Declan's Way
Morning: Signature walk along St. Declan's Way starting out from the cliffs at Ardmore where St. Declan founded a monastery in the 5th Century. (5km). We then take in some of the iconic stretches of the old pilgrim path St. Declan set out on some 1,500 years ago as we follow the steps of those who have gone before. (5 to 15km. Your choice!)
Afternoon: We visit the beautiful heritage town of Lismore. Founded by St. Carthage and his community of monks in 636 AD, Lismore gained its most famous feature, its castle, in 1185 when Prince John built a fortress on the banks of the River Blackwater. Here, by the banks of the River Blackwater, we come face to face with this stunning remnants of a bygone time.

Day 4: Waterford Greenway
Morning: 11 km walk from Waterford City to Kilmeaden on the Waterford Greenway. The stroll along the route of a former railway line that has been developed into a unique walking and cycling route has an enchanting allure as we pass Viking ruins, the 300 year old Mount Congreve Gardens and a 16th Century watch tower, in silent unison with the flow of the River Suir alongside.
Afternoon: We have the option of walking or cycling the last stretch of the Waterford Greenway from Durrow into Dungarvan. (10km) If you're up for it, the experience of gently cycling through Durrow Tunnel and on through the panoramic vistas that await on the other side is as liberating as it gets.
The walks are taken at a gentle pace with time to soak in the beauty and peace of all that we pass on the way.

Day 5: To the waters and the wild
Morning: Scenic coach journey along the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark from Dungarvan to Tramore. On arrival in this seaside town, we have a choice of a 8km walk around the sand dunes on the beach or a beautiful cliff walk along the path from Newtown Cove. Ice-cream on the promenade completes the experience!
Afternoon: Visit to the fishing village of Dunmore East for a 4 km cliff walk followed by a boat trip out in the bay. Brendan takes us on a voyage of discovery, sharing anecdotes on the coves and sea caves, and simply reminding us unknowingly of what really matters in life.

Day 6: Glendalough
Morning: Coach transfer to Glendalough (one hour south of Dublin). En route to Glendalough, we'll make time to visit the ruins of St. Aidan's Church in Ferns, Co. Wexford. Aidan is reputed to have been a pupil of St. David in Wales. Glendalough, a name that echoes around the world as a place of profound beauty and tranquility, is located within a valley of two lakes in Co. Wicklow. As we walk along the lakeside, we sense we have entered a sacred space. One of the team from Tearmann Spirituality, a local retreat centre steeped in the history and the spirituality of Glendalough, will lead us on our walk around the lakes.
(This is our final day. Visitors on our Camino can part from here by 3pm to continue their holidays in Ireland, make their way to Dublin - one hour to the north - or return with us to Dungarvan via Rosslare ferry port, for those who are going on the ferry back to Fishguard/Pembroke Dock).

Accommodation

Our accommodation is in Browne's Townhouse, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford (6 days, 5 nights). It is the perfect base for our Camino Experience. All our meals and packed lunches are freshly prepared and served for us daily. All you've to do is show up and leave the rest to us! Single, twin, double and family rooms are available.

Getting there

Please arrive at Browne's Townhouse, 6 Mitchell St. Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. (X35 YO66) between 4pm and 6pm Please on 22nd March. For guests coming from the UK, we will also have a bus transfer from the port of Rosslare to Dungarvan, meeting the 1.10pm ferry from Fishguard that arrives at Rosslare at 6pm. Iain will be travelling over from Fishguard on this ferry. If you are planning to return from Rosslare to Fishguard on 27th, please aim for the 6.10pm from Rosslare, arriving in Fishguard at 11.30pm.

Contact

With Phil and Elaine Brennan from Waterford Camino Tours and Iain Tweedale from Journeying. For more information please contact Phil and Elaine at info@waterfordcamino.com +353 (87) 994 7921 or Iain at tweedale.iain@gmail.com +44 (0)7904 042976.