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Walking The Kerry Camino

Did you know Kerry, and Dingle in particular, have a special connection with the Camino de Santiago? St James Church in Dingle is believed to have been built by Spaniards to honour St James and the town was a popular departure point for pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela. They would board a boat to Northern Spain and then continue on foot following mainly the route known today as the English Way or Camino Ingles.

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The trail from Tralee to Dingle, also known as The Kerry Camino, is believed to have been taken by many pilgrims and monks on their way to Dingle and further afield on to Santiago. It was also the route followed by Saint Brendan the Navigator back in the 512AD, on his way to preach along the West of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany and beyond.

The Kerry Camino follows a section of The Dingle Way, and today is run by an group of enthusiastic locals, keen to recover the history of these stunning trail. They team organises a Kerry Camino walk on the May Bank Holiday weekend every year, offering walkers three days of fantastic trails, as well as socialising in the wonderful Dingle Peninsula.

Taking place from Friday 1st May to Monday 4th May, everybody is welcome to the Kerry Camino festival. Make sure you get a pilgrim log book to collect your stamps.

The Kerry Camino Festival 2015 Schedule

Friday 1st May: Registration in The Grand Hotel Tralee.
Information lecture about the walk followed by Irish music session.

Saturday 2nd May: Walk from Tralee to Camp
9.30am starting at St. Johns Church (walking 5-6 hours)
*Today is the toughest section you will need walking shoes or boots with a good grip
*Option to stay overnight in Camp or return to Tralee

Sunday 3rd May: Walk from Camp to Annascaul
9.30am Start at Brandon car park
10am starting at Mick Neill’s pub in Camp (walking 5-6 hours)
*Break available at Inch Beach (Sammy’s on the beach for lunch)
*Option to stay overnight in Annascaul or return to Tralee

Monday 4th May: Walk from Annascaul to Dingle
9.30am Start at Brandon car park
10am at South Pole Inn (walking 5-6 hours)
Finishing at St James Church in Dingle to receive your Certificate of Completion.

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Transport is available back to Tralee each evening at a reasonable rate (approx €5 Camp, €5 Annascaul, €5 Dingle).
Fee: €40 per person for 3 days, 15 euros for 1 day.

Suggested gear list:

Good boots: water proof hiking boots or trail shoes are suggested as they give much more support and grip than running shoes; as well as being waterproof.

Rain gear: rain coat and waterproof trousers to enjoy the famous Irish rain (if it makes an appearance!).

Food and drink: packed lunch, water, tea or coffee in a flask

Other items: blister packs, petroleum jelly, small first aid kit, money, hat and sun cream.

More details on this fantastic festival can be found at www.kerrycamino.com, contacting Ingrid Boyle.

If you would like to walk this fantastic trail, you can find walking and cycling holidays on The Kerry Camino and The Dingle Way on our IrelandWays.com website.

For more information about the Camino de Santiago or to book your holiday, contact our travel specialists

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