My love of hiking started when I was young. My grandfather was a lover of nature and he used to drag me on long walks while explaining the world around us. Like many, I rebelled as a teenager and stopped hiking. I was late in my twenties before I start again.
Long before the discovery of St. James’ relics, there was Cruachan Aille in Ireland. The sacred grounds had been there since 3,000 BC and attracted pilgrims from all over Europe. Pagans frequented the area and so did early Christians when it was popularized by St. Patrick. When Camino de Santiago became famous, the ancient pilgrimage was sadly forgotten in favor of Spain’s. Memories of these medieval footpaths aren’t completely lost, however, and revivalists are attempting to reclaim the pilgrim routes of Ireland.