In the steps of our ancestors
Discover this hidden corner of Ireland’s Ancient East, through the unique perspective of local experts, Phil and Elaine, who have carefully crafted a 6 Day Camino Experience that retrace the footsteps of those who have gone before. 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 cliff walk, even a cycle on the Waterford Greenway or a walk around the mystical lakes at Glendalough. Time on our Camino in Ireland’s South East is good for mind, body and soul.
Our base for the 6 days is Brownes Townhouse, 6 Mitchell St., Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. (X35 YO66). Your meals are prepped for you daily and served up to you, your accommodation is beautiful, your coach transfers each day are planned for you. All you’ve to do is show up. Leave the rest to us!
Day 1: Arrival in Dungarvan
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 this old railway line 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 to 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.
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 an 8km walk around the Sandunes 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 – the journey home
Morning: 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 seeped 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 or return with us to Dungarvan).
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.
Included in the 6 Day Waterford Camino Experience…
- 5 nights in Brownes Townhouse, Dungarvan.
- Breakfast, packed lunch and evening dinner for each of the 6 days. Elaine will see to it that we’ll never go hungry and that we’ll have a lovely meal to return to each evening.
- Reflective ‘compass points’ each day led by Dr Phil Brennan
- Luxury coach transfers.
- Bike hire, boat trip and Irish Tapas and Music Reception in Waterford Treasures.
- Taizé style vigil in St. Mary’s Church, Dungarvan on one of the evenings with music led by members of the Island of Ireland Peace Choir.
- Meal out in local restaurant on the final evening.
Prices start from €795 (off-season) to €995 per person sharing, summer months (€150 single supplement)
Please note on the booking form the name of the person you will be sharing with and your preference for twin or double bed. Group size 12 to 16 persons.
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