Waterford Camino Tours invites you on a journey through the spellbinding beauty of this relatively undiscovered corner of Ireland’s Ancient East. The trails will lead you to places of real beauty along paths that our ancestors have trod for centuries. Reflective walks, stillness and good company… 3 simple ingredients on our Camino.
We tailor our Camino each day to suit everyone. Not too long or too short – a distance that’s right for you! Take the first step. Join us on our 3 Day Gentle Camino and you will experience something that will live long in the memory.
Day 1: Welcome to Ireland’s Oldest City – Waterford
Arrive at The Tower Hotel for 2pm before guided tour of the Viking Triangle. This will be followed by a welcoming reception of wine, story and song in the 13th Century Choristers’ Hall, Waterford Treasures Museum.
It was from here that Mayor James Rice set out on his 2 epic voyages to do the Camino de Santiago in Spain in the 1400s. The Wine Vault, next to the Choristers’ Hall, dates back to this time and is living testimony to Waterford’s historic association with the Camino.
Day 2: From The Greenway to The Falls
Morning: Short trails on the Waterford Greenway. The Greenway follows the route of the old railway line from Waterford to Dungarvan and our highlights tour includes a little early morning meditation alongside the River Suir as it leaves the city, a walk across the viaduct in Kilmacthomas, a stroll through Durrow Tunnel and on to the stunning panorama at Clonea. The Waterford Greenway is good for mind, body and soul.
Afternoon: A visit to Mahon Falls in the heart of the Comeragh Mountains. Nature bares its soul as you take the 1km trail out to the Falls. There’s a subliminal symmetry to it all – sheep, mountains, rocky hillsides… and the water cascades downwards to the awaiting ocean as it has done for millions of years. It’s great to take a seat on a rock and soak your feet in the streams below and take time to absorb the wonder of it all. The universe has a way of tuning us to a new frequency. By the end of this trail, we sense we are part of something greater than ourselves.
Day 3: To the Waters and the Wild
Morning: Tramore is a particular highlight on our Camino. This seaside resort is renowned for its long beach walks, popular cafes and the many surfing schools that have sprung up here in recent years. The 1km walk from the Doneraile, overlooking the Bay, down onto the prom is a must. Nothing nicer than an ice-cream by the beach and a visit to the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens to complete the experience.
Afternoon: We then take a 20-minute coach transfer to the fishing village of Dunmore East. The Dunmore East Harbour Walk is beautiful as it brings us face to face with the curious history of this picturesque village hidden in this tranquil corner of Ireland’s South East. You have the choice of a cuppa by the harbour or a 2km stroll across the headland on the magical Dunmore East Cliff Walk. We complete our day with a memorable boat trip out to the Bay with Brendan on the ‘Keltoi Warrior’ to check in on the lobster pots and anchor in some quiet place to soak in the wonder of it all with a cuppa in hand. Moments like this are meant to be savoured.
Included in the 3 Day Gentle Camino Experience…
- 3 nights B&B in The Tower Hotel, Waterford City.
- 4 course dinner each evening.
- Luxury coach transfers each day.
- Reflective talks on the trails led by Dr Phil and Elaine.
- Private Guided Viking Triangle Tour.
- Waterford Treasures Welcoming Reception.
- Private Guided Tour of Lafcadio Hearn Gardens.
- Dunmore East boat trip.
Prices from €375* per person sharing, for groups of 12 or more. (HIGH-season is May, June, July and August with a €50 PPS supplement for the 3 nights. Single room supplement, available on request, of €30 per night LOW-season and €50 per night HIGH-season. Single rooms are limited to 3 max per group booking and are offered on a first come basis).
Budget for lunch each day and a few drinks. Everything else is sorted!
Contact Phil and Elaine on firstname.lastname@example.org and let us arrange a Waterford Camino Experience for you.