We already knew that Waterford in Ireland is a part of the Camino de Santiago. But did you know that going to Guinness Storehouse it’s also a part of the Camino de Santiago?
You get your first Camino stamps on Celtics Camino, like the Waterford. And once you complete that go to Dublin at the Camino Society to have it validated.
Once you’re in Dublin to validate your stamp, don’t miss the St James’s Gate, adjacent to the Guinness brewery door!
History of St James’s Gate
Located in Dublin, next to the Guinness Storehouse, the Gate was originally an outer gate. Merchants and farmers passed through it to access Dublin city. A Holy well was located outside the St James’s Gate. Dedicated to the Apostle St James, the Gate played a huge part in the Irish pilgrimage.
In 1577, a medieval fair trade was running for 6 days. Started on the 25th of July those fairs occurred at the St James’s Gate.
Traditionally the gate was the starting point of the Irish pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostella.
St Jame’s Gate and Guinness
St James’s Gate is the home of the Guinness Storehouse. This Gate is the main attraction and symbol of Guinness. During the Middle Age, many pilgrims were attracted to the gate for religious reasons and to start their pilgrimage. Nowadays it remains the most popular tourist attraction because of the Guinness Storehouse.
Before Going to the Camino Society to get your stamps validated, you may want to go to the Guinness storehouse? It’s unbelievable but yes, you can have your pilgrim passport stamped by Guinness! A funny story to tell your family and friends about!
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Originally published on 28th May 2020