Camino|Pilgrim & Scenic Trails|Greenway Cycle|Boat Trips| Celtic Stories & Song| Ireland Alive !
- Comeragh Mountains: One of Ireland’s best kept secrets, the Comeraghs offer everything from a dramatic waterfall to an age-old pathway that follows the River Mahon as it rolls through the woods from the cathedral of rock above.
- Declan’s Way: Walk in the footsteps of St. Declan setting out on stunning cliff walk around Ardmore and later arriving in timeless surrounds of Lismore, taking in signature points on Ireland’s original Camino along the way.
- Waterford Greenway: A journey through time by foot or bicycle on this old railway line against the towering backdrop of the Comeragh Mountains on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.
- To the waters and the wild: Coastal tour through the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark with a beach walk in Tramore followed by a cliff walk and boat trip in the fishing village of Dunmore East.
- Welcoming Reception: A unique guided tour of the award winning Viking Triangle and Waterford Museum of Treasures, followed by a Welcoming Reception with wine, story and song in the 13th Century Choristers’ Hall.
Our base for the 6 days is The Tower Hotel and Leisure Centre, in the heart of Ireland’s oldest City, Waterford. Overlooking the Marina on the River Suir, this Neville Hotel offers the City’s most central location. With Reginald’s Tower on your doorstep and in the middle of the vibrant, award winning Viking Triangle, this setting offers a little something for everyone. All you have to do is show up. You simply leave the rest to us!
Day 1: Waterford – Where Ireland Begins
Aim to arrive at the Tower Hotel by 3pm. You will have an hour to settle in to your 4-star accommodation. We then take you to experience a unique, bespoke guided tour of the Viking Triangle and Waterford Museum of Treasures, leaving us to the stunning surrounds of the 13th Century Choristers’ Hall. Time then to sit down, relax and enjoy our ‘Welcome Reception’ of wine, light canapés and song in the enchanting setting of the 13th Century Choristers’ Hall. This promises to set your Camino experience with us off to the perfect start! Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 2: Through the Woods to the Falls
Morning: We take an 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. After the walk we can all enjoy lunch in the distinctive, traditional surroundings of Kiersey’s Bar in Kilmacthomas.
Afternoon: Boarding our coach and we transfer back to Waterford City, to visit the Edmund Rice Centre. Where we will enjoy ‘Stories and Songs of Hope’ led by Dr. Phil and members of The High Hopes Homeless Choir. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 3: St. Declan’s Way
Morning: A 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 (5km to 15km, the choice is yours). We take time to visit St. Declan’s Well on the start of the Ardmore Cliff walk. From here, St. Declan set out on his infamous Camino to Cashel in the 5th Century.
Afternoon: A visit the beautiful heritage town of Lismore. Founded by St. Carthage 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 we will visit the Heritage Centre, with lunch and take in the picturesque Lady Louisa walk. Return to the hotel and evening at your own leisure.
Day 4: Where past and present meet – Waterford Greenway
Morning: A walk along the River Suir. 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. Here by the water’s edge, we enjoy a bespoke tour of the Gardens.
Afternoon: After transferring to Durrow, we have the option of walking or cycling the last stretch of the Waterford Greenway from Durrow into Dungarvan (5km or 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. Return to the hotel for dinner.
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 sand dunes on the beach or the beautiful cliff walk from Newtown Cove or a visit to Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens. Ice-cream on the promenade completes the experience! Lunch in Tramore.
Afternoon: A 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. Time to enjoy a stroll at your own pace before enjoying an Irish Tapas Farewell Dinner in Azzurro Restaurant, Dunmore East. Return to the hotel.
Day 6: Waterford – Your Journey Home
Morning: After breakfast we will bid you farewell and safe travel to your home or onward to another exciting destination.
Our time-out is as much about fun and adventure as it is
about connecting to something deeper within ourselves.
Included in the 6 Day Irish Camino Experience…
- 5 nights in the Tower Hotel, Waterford City.
- Welcoming Reception and Irish Tapas Farewell Dinner.
- Breakfast, lunches and 3 evening dinners in the Tower Hotel as part of your stay.
- Reflective ‘compass points’ each day led by Dr. Phil and Elaine.
- Luxury coach transfers from Waterford City.
- Bike hire, boat trip, entry and guided tours to Lismore Heritage Centre, Japanese Gardens and Mount Congreve.
- Musical workshop, with some members of the High Hopes Choir and the Island of Ireland Peace Choir in the Edmund Rice Centre, Waterford City.