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Waterford Camino

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Discover the hidden corner of Ireland's Ancient East, through the unique perspective of local experts on this carefully crafted 6 Day Camino Experience that retraces the footsteps of those who have gone before. Every day, you can expect something totally different; a mountain trail one day, an old coastal pilgrim path another, even a cycle on the Waterford Greenway or a walk around the mystical lakes of Glendalough. Time on our Camino in Ireland’s Ancient South East is good for mind, body and soul. 

Guided Tour Dates:

  • Inaugural Easter Tour: Sunday 20th September 2020 to Friday 25th September 2020
  • Sunday 11th October 2020 to Friday 16th October 2020

Highlights

Comeragh Mountains and St Declan's Way

The Comeragh Mountains are one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets, offering everything from a dramatic waterfall to an age-old pathway that follows the River Mahon through a Cathedral of rock to the woods below.

Walk in the footsteps of St Declan along stunning cliff walks around Ardmore and later arriving into the timeless surroundings of Lismore. St Declan’s Way is often thought of as Ireland’s original Camino or pilgrimage.

Waterford Greenway

The Waterford Greenway is a striking 46km off-road walking and cycling trail along an old railway line. It starts at the quays of Waterford and travels all the way through a heritage-rich area to the vibrant seaside market town of Dungarvan.

This is a journey through time by foot or bicycle against the towering backdrop of the Comeragh Mountains on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other.

Glendalough

Undoubtedly one of Ireland’s most beautiful tourist locations, Glendalough, the valley of two lakes will not disappoint.  A place of profound beauty and tranquillity, you will feel like you have entered a sacred space.

A guided walk around the lakes will give you an in-depth look into the history of the area, as well as giving you the opportunity to experience the spirituality of Glendalough.

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Included
  • Accommodation 4* hotel
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Picnic Lunches and Evening Dinners
  • Luxury Coach Transfers
  • Bike Hire
  • Boat Trip
  • Guided Tours
  • Musical Workshop with High Hopes Choir and Island of Ireland Peace Choir
  • Irish Tapas and Music Reception in Waterford Museum of Treasures
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  • Gourmet Dinner on final evening
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  • Flights/train
  • Insurance
  • Drinks

Itinerary

Day 1

Waterford City
(Arrival)

Aim to arrive at The Tower Hotel by 2pm to give you time to settle into your accommodation. You will then meet your guides and do a unique guided tour of the Viking Triangle and the Waterford Museum of Treasures.

This is followed by a Welcoming Reception with wine, story and song in the 13th Century Choristers’ Hall.

Day 2

Comeragh Mountains

Morning: Take an easy 8 km walk from the Mahon Falls in the heart of the Comeragh Mountains. You will follow the river downstream as it meanders its way through Crough Woods below.

Afternoon: We take our coach transfer back to Waterford City to visit the Edmund Rice Centre. Here we will enjoy ‘Stories and Songs of Hope’ led by Dr Phil and members of The High Hopes Homeless Choir.

Day 3

St Declan's Way

Morning: Take a picturesque walk along St Declan’s Way, starting out from the cliffs at Ardmore. This is where St Declan founded a monastery in the 5th Century (5km). We take in some of the iconic stretches of the old pilgrim path St Declan set out on some 1,500 years ago. We are walking in the footsteps of those who have gone before. There are a couple of options for you today – 5 to 15km, the choice is yours.

Afternoon: We visit the beautiful heritage town of Lismore. The town was founded by St Carthage and his community of monks 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. On the banks of the River Blackwater, we come face to face with these stunning remnants of the past.

Day 4

Waterford Greenway

Morning: We start with an 11 km walk from Waterford City to Kilmeaden on the Waterford Greenway. The stroll along this old railway line has an enchanting allure. We will pass Viking ruins, the 300-year-old Mount Congreve Gardens, and a 16th Century watchtower. These ancient sites seem to flow in unison with the River Suir that sits beside them.

Afternoon: Choose if you would like to walk or cycle along the last stretch of the Waterford Greenway from Durrow into Dungarvan (10km). If you’re up to it, it is truly liberating to gently cycle through Durrow Tunnel and on through the panoramic vistas that await on the other side.

Day 5

To the waters and the wild

Morning: Climb aboard your private coach for a scenic journey along the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark from Dungarvan to Tramore. On arrival in this seaside town, you can choose either an 8km walk around the sand dunes on the beach, or a beautiful cliff walk. The walk winds along the path from Newtown Cove. Finally, an ice-cream on the promenade completes this fantastic experience!

Afternoon: Visit the fishing village of Dunmore East for a 4km cliff walk on the coves and sea caves. Breath in the sea air and remind yourself of what really matters in life.

Day 6

Glendalough - the journey home

Morning: You will be transferred to Glendalough (one hour south of Dublin) this morning. En route to Glendalough, we’ll make time to visit the ruins of St. Aidan’s Church in Ferns, Co. Wexford. Aidan is reputed to have been a pupil of St. David in Wales.

Glendalough, a place of profound beauty and tranquillity, sits in a valley of two lakes in Co. Wicklow. You will sense that we have entered a sacred space as we walk along the lakeside. We will be lead by a member of the team from Tearmann Spirituality. Tearmann Spirituality is a local retreat centre seeped in the history and the spirituality of Glendalough.

This is your final day with us. From here, visitors on our Camino can continue on their holidays in Ireland or return home.

If you would like us to extend your accommodation booking please let us know. Otherwise, you might like to see another part of the beautiful Emerald Isle through one of our other Irish walking holidays on One Foot Abroad.

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