What visitors on our Camino have to say…
We’ve been blessed to have shared the Camino with many great people, each with their own unique story and personality. We’ve laughed and we’ve sang together as we walked onwards. Here’s what some of them have to say about their experience of the Waterford Camino:
“We had a wonderful time and feel privileged to be part of your first Camino. The sights were breathtaking. Everyone should put it on their bucket list… 3 wonderful days of reflective walks, cycling and fishing. I would highly recommend for mind, body and soul – memorable on so many levels… The highlight for me was fishing in Brendan’s boat off Dunmore East, the thrill of catching mackerel and seeing the lobster in the pots as we raised them from the sea… Another unique ingredient to what was an already magical Camino. One for everybody’s bucket list.”
“We enjoyed our sumptuous dinner together in the Tower Hotel on our return. A group hug in the foyer of the hotel afterwards signified the end to what had been a most satisfying and therapeutic experience for us all, the best of which was the friendship we had all created with one another.
We came seeking a few days of enlightened relaxation in the company of experts. We were not disappointed. Dr. Phil and Elaine are unassumingly wise and alert to what really matters. They both love what they do and their enthusiasm is infectious. We are looking forward to joining them again next year.” (Dennis, Dublin).
“We loved when our Waterford Camino led us to the Mahon Falls. Here, you feel you’re on hallowed ground, a cathedral of stillness carved out of rock that dates back over 300 million years. It takes 20 minutes to walk out to the thundering Falls. They cast a mystical spell, like a dimmed oasis in a cauldron of stone. We slowed down to soak in the vast kaleidoscope of contour and colour that opened up before us from the Falls to the sea beyond. This ‘compass point’ on the Waterford Camino is one that we want our Grandchildren to experience. Spellbinding!” (Mary, Maynooth).
“The Crough Woods trail is memorable on so many levels. All the senses come alive. The sounds of the cascading waters, the birds chirping, the autumnal light seeping through the trees, all combine to carry you through this mystical forest trail as you take the 6km Camino uphill to the Mahon Falls. Certainly gives you plenty to chat about as the sun sets over a creamy pint of stout.” (Kevin, Cork).
“We feel honoured to have been part of the Waterford Camino tour. What can we say; fabulous, fun, scenic, breathtaking, inspiring, generous, kind, loving. Everyone needs to experience this amazing tour through Ireland’s Ancient East in this hidden corner of this beautiful country.” (Jo, Wexford).
“Was it the beauty of Mahon falls or the water rushing through Crough Woods or the walk in Durrow Tunnel on the Waterford Greenway or the lovely boat ride in Dunmore East? I’m not sure but something on this unique Camino changed me that day…. Somehow the dark cloud lifted, if not completely, enough to see the beauty around me, enough to revive my hope. The people I walked the Camino with had become my wounded healers who shared their light with me. Nature inspired me to see that all need not necessarily stay the same. Somehow I am not scared to go the hard route to climb my mountain. I have started to dream again.” (Jas, Kilkenny).
“Mother Nature shows off in full force along the Waterford Greenway. Easy nearby jaunts include the fishing village of Dungarvan, the stunning beaches of Tramore, the peaks and waterfalls of the Comeragh Mountains, and the crown jewel of Dunmore East. The scenery here rivals any vista of the renowned West Coast. Whatever type of holiday you dream of, I highly recommend making a pilgrimage with Waterford Camino Tours.” (Stephanie, New York).
“Dunmore East… where have you been all my life? We love you! The trail from the harbour to the picturesque Portally Cove and back will stay with us forever. It is simply breathtaking in its beauty. We even spotted the occasional seal basking in the sun. Hook Head lighthouse simmered against the sparkling waters on the horizon. The descent into the photogenic fishing harbour of Dunmore East reminds you of something from times past. The Camino by land extended to the sea as Brendan brought us out to the Bay after lunch. We caught mackerel and lobster, no mean feat over a few hours. We had to celebrate when we got back to dry land. Dunmore East from the cliff to the sea is a sight to behold.” (Ann, Gorey).
Camino Days – Waterford May ’18
Mother and Father God,
Creator of earth, sea and sky,
we breathe and
embrace your fullness
with our every step.
Smiling sunshine warms our waiting yearning hearts
Strains of bird-song grace expectant ears.
Bluebelled woodland paths lead us on our way
Daisyed grasses brighten our trail
Lace-like leafy branches arch a mantle above us
Felled tree trunks lure us to sit awhile
Majestic mountains raise us to new heights
Cascading waters caress our dipped feet
Crystal raindrops cleanse our every pore
Perfumed gardens delight our senses
Cliff edged jaunts challenge us to trust
Passing clouds snatch any lingering gloom
Myriad of coloured landscapes, hidden harbours,
gorsed groves, smooth sands and rugged rock
urge us to continue onwards and upwards.
Swish of breeze
flow of wave and
rustle of leaf
breathe your Spirit ever closer
trek and trudge
journey and joke
gather and gaze
commune and climb
marvel and muse
wander and wonder
pause and ponder
retreat and reflect
in hollowed and hallowed places.
Sacred chants of chapel alert us
to the harmonious melodies
God is composing with our lives.
We are replenished now.
Treasures around us
reawaken us to
the Treasure within.
Blessed in our companioned journeying
but not broken,
rebirthed and reconfirmed.
Last suppers together beckon us
to relive and remember.