Pilgrim Routes in Ireland

St Declan's Round Tower

Table of Contents1 Turas Cholm Cille, Donegal2 Lough Derg, Donegal3 Tóchar Phadraig, Mayo4 Slí Mór, Offaly5 Slí Bhride, Kildare6 Slí Chaoimhin, Wicklow7 Kilcommon Pilgrim Loop, Tipperary8 Rath/Dysert, Clare9 Cosán na Naomh, Kerry10 Knocknadobar, Kerry11 St. Finbarr’s Way, Cork12 St. Declan’s Way, Waterford/Tipperary Long before the discovery of St. James’ relics, there was Cruachan Aille in…

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Is It Safe Walking the Camino de Santiago Alone?

Camino de Santiago shell arrow

One of the most common questions I am asked – is it safe to walk the Camino de Santiago alone?  This became a question being asked more again recently when someone went missing on the Camino. However my opinion remains unchanged – yes, it is safe to walk the Camino de Santiago alone. I would…

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How Walking the Camino de Santiago changed my Life

Leslie Anna 13km from Santiago

Table of Contents0.1 Some Background0.2 The First Time I Heard of the Camino1 Arriving in St Jean Pied de Port1.1 Joining Groups1.2 Commitment Grew the More I walked1.3 I Caught the Camino Bug1.4 The Changes I Attribute to the Camino1.5 Lessons Learned on the Camino I first walked the Camino de Santiago in 2004 on…

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Hiking the Camino for Charity

Have you thought about it?   I know there are many pilgrims or future pilgrims out there that have had this idea.  Is it possible? Is it easy? I’ve done it and I want to share my experience with you.  All the in’s and out’s.  All the up’s and down’s.  All the pro’s and con’s. …

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Planning Rest Days on the Camino de Santiago

Table of Contents1 Why a Rest Day?1.1 Two Trains of Thought1.2 St Jean Pied de Port1.3 Pamplona1.4 Burgos1.5 Ponferrada1.6 Santiago de Compostela For most people walking the Camino de Santiago means a month walking across northern Spain covering about 800 km, (500 miles). So it is not surprising that most of us plan on a…

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A Typical Day on the Camino

Leslie Anna 13km from Santiago

My typical day on the Camino de Santiago started about 6am. I was a mature student before hiking the on the Camino de Santiago for the first time; at that time I would have been doing well if I was awake before 9am, (I had got into student life and loved it). So six in the morning was initially…

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Newbie Mistakes on The Camino de Santiago

Table of Contents1 First Mistake1.1 Walk at Your Own Pace1.2 Mistake number four: many beginners start too fast. To be honest, I wanted to get your attention with the title of this blog post. I guess it worked if you are reading this now 🙂 Great. Now that we are here I would like to…

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Walking the Camino de Santiago with Children

Camino with children

Table of Contents1 0-5 years old Children – Toddlers2 6-12 years old Children3 13+ Walking the Camino With Teenagers4 Bottom Line Walking the Camino is without a doubt an extraordinary experience – but what about walking the Camino de Santiago with children? An escape, an adventure in time where too many things are planned out…

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Why Walk the Camino de Santiago

Evening meal in Grannon

Table of Contents1 The Camino Frances1.1 More Capable than I Believed1.2 So Why Walk the Camino? In 2004 I first walked the Camino Frances the main Camino de Santiago route; I first wrote this article in 2009 and thought it could do with some updating. I was a student at the time and I wanted…

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Celebrate Your Retirement and Walk The Camino!

This is a post from Des O’Dowd, thanks. I retired on the 1st of September 2008 and I wanted to celebrate my new life and new freedom. The Camino de Santiago was the challenge and adventure I needed. So in late September, like children going on a school tour, myself and my fellow retiree Pat…

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