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.

Guided Tour Dates:

  • Inaugural Easter Tour: Monday 6th April 2020 to Sunday 12th April 2020
  • Sunday 24th May 2020 to Saturday 30th May 2020
  • Sunday 7th June 2020 to Saturday 13th June 2020
  • Sunday 5th July 2020 to Saturday 11th July 2020
  • Sunday 9th August 2020 to Saturday 15th August 2020
  • Sunday 20th September 2020 to Saturday 26th September 2020
  • Sunday 11th October 2020 to Saturday 17th 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.

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

Waterford Greenway

The Waterford Greenway is a striking 46km off-road  walking and cycling trail along an old railway line, starting at the quays of Waterford, all the way through an area rich in Irish heritage to the vibrant seaside market town of Dungarvan. 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 tranquility you will feel like you have entered a sacred space. A guided walk around the lakes will ensure that you will be well informed on the history of the area as well as have the opportunity to experience the spirituality of Glendalough.

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Waterford Camino
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Services

Included
  • Accommodation 4* hotel
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Picnic Lunches and Evening Dinners
  • Luxury Coach Transfers
  • Bike Hire
  • Boat Trip
  • Irish Tapas and Music Reception in Waterford Musum of Treasures
  • Guided Tours
  • Musical Workshop with High Hopes Choir and Island of Ireland Peace Choir
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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 for 2pm in the afternoon, time to settle into your accommodation. You will then experience a unique guided tour of the Viking Triangle and Waterford Museum of Treasures, followed by a Welcoming Reception with wine, story and song in the 13th Century Choristers’ Hall.

Day 2

Comeragh Mountains

Morning: 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.

Afternoon: We take our coach 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.

Day 3

St Declan's Way

Morning: 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 (5 to 15km, the choice is yours).

Afternoon: We visit the beautiful heritage town of Lismore. 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. Here, by the banks of the River Blackwater, we come face to face with these stunning remnants of a bygone time.

Day 4

Waterford Greenway

Morning: 11 km walk from Waterford City to Kilmeaden on the Waterford Greenway. The stroll along 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.

Afternoon: We have the option of walking or cycling the last stretch of the Waterford Greenway from Durrow into Dungarvan (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.

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 a beautiful cliff walk along the path from Newtown Cove. Ice-cream on the promenade completes this experience!

Afternoon: Visit to the fishing village of Dunmore East for a 4km cliff walk on the coves and sea caves, and simply reminding us unknowingly of what really matters in life.

Day 6

Glendalough - the journey home

Morning: Transfer to Glendalough (one hour south of Dublin). 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 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. As we walk along the lakeside, we sense we have entered a sacred space. One of the team from Tearmann Spirituality, a local retreat centre seeped in the history and the spirituality of Glendalough, will lead us on our walk around the lakes. (This is our final day. Visitors on our Camino can part from here by 3pm to continue their holidays in Ireland or return home).

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