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In the Steps of Our Ancestors

6 Day Celtic Camino in Ireland's South East retraces the footsteps of those who have gone before. Walking these trails with Dr. Phil and Elaine will leave imprints that will last a lifetime. 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 scenic landscapes of Ireland.

Celtic Camino in Ireland’s South East

Waterford Camino Tours

Camino|Pilgrim & Scenic Trails|Greenway Cycle|Boat Trips| Glendalough| St. mullins
Ardmore|Dunmore East|Mahon Falls|Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark| Celtic Stories & Song| Ireland Alive !

 

Day 1: Waterford – Where Ireland Begins

Aim to arrive at the Tower Hotel by 2pm. You will have an hour to settle in to your 4-star accommodation. 

Our base for the 5 days is the Tower Hotel in the heart of Ireland’s oldest City, Waterford. 

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: Greenway to the Falls

We will begin our day with a gentle stroll on the Waterford Greenway out to one of the moorings alongside the River Suir. Time for a little mindful moment to start our day. No better place than by the river’s edge. 

Our coach will then take us to the Comeragh Mountains. Here, we walk out to the Mahon Falls and then down along the valley to the river’s flow through Crough Woods below. (6km) The Mahon Falls is an 80m waterfall nestled in the Comeragh Mountains. The dramatic waterfall which is surrounded by breathtaking beauty makes this a trip not to be missed. Visitors can also see sheep and goats dotted along the mountainsides.

Time for a light lunch beneath the viaduct in Kilmacthomas. It’s good to slow the pulse right down and soak in the peace and beauty of this tranquil setting on the river’s edge.    

You have a choice of a gentle cycle or a stroll along iconic stretches of the Waterford Greenway. We will have the renowned Greenway Man, Garvan Cummins, on standby to sort us with bikes and to guide us on our way. Whether walking or cycling, we’ll meet up for coffee along the way. 

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Day 3: Valley of the Monks Tour – St. Mullins

Move to the rivers flow as you escape to the great outdoors in a way that will live long in the memory.  This day is a journey back in time as we walk in the steps of St Moling and discover the mystical beauty of this pilgrim path. 

Graiguenamanagh is a medieval town dating back to 1204, nestled in a wooded valley between Mt Brandon and the Blackstairs Mountains. From here, we set out on an ancient  7km Camino path by the water’s edge.

Arriving in St Mullins, you immediately feel that you are stepping back in time. This is a village built on an ancient Monastic site. St Moling founded a monastery here at the end of the 7th century. 

There are remains of several churches. These include St Mullin’s Abbey, a medieval nave-and-chancel church with a spiral stairway, and St James’s Chapel, a small oratory dedicated to St. James and the people who stopped here on their way to the camino – Santiago de Compostela. 

Seamus and his team in ‘Blanchfield’s old Irish pub will give us a taste of real Irish hospitality. A day of a difference!

 

Day 4: To the waters and the wild – Dunmore East Cliff Walk and Boat Trip

In the morning, we make our way to Dunmore East for a cliff walk and boat trip. Headland trails, lobster pots, fishing, lunch out in the Bay – Dunmore East is the perfect ‘still zone’ to ease us back to where we belong. The Dunmore East Cliff Walk is perched above the village in silent homage to those who have passed this way for centuries. 

As you walk along the headland, energy ripples in symmetry with the dancing of the waves. What we observe leaves lasting imprints; the magical hues of the azure ocean as it laps onto the flat rocks, the languid majesty of the seal as it basks in the sun, the silhouette of Hook Lighthouse as it peers out through misty skies.

A trip out to sea on return to the harbour completes this experience. Time in ‘The Keltoi Warrior’ is precious time. Brendan takes us on a voyage of discovery, sharing anecdotes on the coves and sea caves, narrowing the lens to absorb the sublime beauty of the miniscule against the towering backdrop of the cliffs. After checking in on the lobster pots and maybe reeling in a mackerel or two, we anchor in at some quiet corner of the Bay. 

Some refreshments by the shoreline to the sound of waves lapping against the brow of the boat… the perfect end to the day discovering the hidden gems along the Waterford Coastline. 

 

Day 5: Glendalough…..in the steps of St. Kevin

On our last day, we have an early check out from the Tower Hotel and travel from Waterford to Glendalough. The earlier we arrive in Glendalough the better so as to avoid the tourist traffic. We can leave as early as the group are happy to. This day, we travel in convoy in our cars so that visitors are free to travel home or connect on to their next destination later. 

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, Ireland. 

This place is a sacred space, captivate in its beauty and in its serenity. We are joined here by a member of the Tearmann Spirituality team to share the pathway that pilgrims for centuries have trod. In the 6th Century on the lake shore, a Christian hermit named Kevin established a small monastic settlement. This early Christian community became one of the cradles of Celtic spirituality and Irish monasticism. 

After Kevin’s death in 618 AD, a great monastery flourished in the valley right up to the 12th Century. The ruins of this monastic city still remain, with a magnificent round tower, a beautiful 11th Century stone church and the high cross that has guided many a pilgrim home for over a 1,000 years.

It pays to arrive here early ahead of the rush of tourists so that you can experience the serenity for yourself. 

Our time-out is as much about fun and adventure as it is
about connecting to something deeper within ourselves.

 

Price: €750* includes….

  • 4 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.
  • * Single room supplement for the 4 nights €120 

 

Departure Dates in 2022:

  • June 13th-17th (fully booked)
  • July 11th-15th (fully booked)
  • August 15th-19th (Group booking for 8-14 people available)

Please email us info@waterfordcamino.com for further details and to check availability.

 

We are hoping to roll out a signature 10 Day Celtic Camino in the South of Ireland to include sacred trails in Glendalough, St. Mullins, Ardmore, Gougane Barra and Dingle in association with Original Irish Hotels. This unique pilgrim offering will be available to groups of 12 or more from the autumn of 2022. Email us on info@waterfordcamino.com for further details. 

 

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