Ireland 12 Day Celtic Camino – Kerry Camino + English Way (Ferrol – Santiago)

Durartion: 12 Days

Price: From $1,078 (excluding flights)

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12 DAY CELTIC CAMINO

KERRY CAMINO + ENGLISH WAY (FERROL – SANTIAGO)

This wonderful 12 Day trip combines the Kerry Camino in Ireland with the English Way in Spain, following in the footsteps of Irish medieval pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela. This trip is split into two parts: the Kerry Camino and the English Way which have to be done at different times.

Kerry Camino Section (Ireland)

The Kerry Camino is a 57km walking trail from Tralee to Dingle in the wonderful south west of Ireland. This route forms the first three walking days of the 179km Dingle Way, a circular route of the Dingle Peninsula which starts and finishes in Tralee, the capital of Kerry.

This popular and well signposted trail offers a variety of landscapes from walking in the foothills of Slieve Mish to the tranquil setting of pastoral farmland, passing through many picturesque villages and the remote golden sands of Inch beach. This route is steeped in history with many archeological sites along the way and references to the local Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.

This relatively flat trail is regarded as easy to moderate in difficulty ranging from sea level to 200m – doable for all levels of walkers with prior preparation and determination.

English Way Section (Spain)

The English Way is regarded as one of the most beautiful walking trails the Camino has to offer in Spain. Leaving from the port city of Ferrol along the coast, it travels through the medieval towns of Pontedeume with its beautiful plazas, and Betanzos which is known for the best tortillas in Spain, through eucalyptus forests to rural villages and countryside until you reach Santiago de Compostela.

This slightly ‘off the beaten track’ trail, is recommended for people seeking a quieter, more spiritual experience, away from the crowds of the final stages of the French and Portuguese Way.

As part of this trip, you’ll find featured 1 night in a 3 star Hotel in Tralee, 4 nights in 3&4 star Guesthouses on the Kerry Camino, 7 nights in 2/3 star Hotels and Rural Houses on the English Way with breakfasts and luggage transport between accommodation. Around-the-clock emergency assistance is also included which adds confidence to the detailed walking notes that cover landmarks, distances and things to see over the course of your walk.

Alongside the sense of achievement and numerous chances to taste the local Galician and Irish food and experience the traditional Galician and west of Ireland culture, this walking trip entitles you to receive the Kerry Camino Certificate in Dingle, a Celtic Camino Compostela from the Camino Society of Ireland and a pilgrim’s certificate of completion in Santiago de Compostela.

Kerry Camino link with the Camino de Santiago in Spain 

The English Way Camino was the preferred route to Santiago de Compostela for medieval pilgrims coming from Ireland, England and Scandinavian countries who arrived by boat to Ferrol to start their pilgrimage.

To recognise this tradition, the Cathedral of Santiago in Spain grants a Camino de Santiago Compostela to pilgrims who have completed a certified 25km in Ireland plus 75km of the English Way. This provides a great opportunity to walk part of the Camino at home in Ireland, as well as in Spain.

 

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Kerry Camino, Co. Kerry, Ireland 

Day 1 – Arrival day to Tralee

Day 2 – Tralee – Camp (18km)

Day 3 –  Camp – Annascaul (17km)

Day 4 – Annascaul – Dingle (22km)

Day 5 – Departure day from Dingle/ Arrival day to Ferrol

Kerry Camino Distance – 57km

English Way, Galicia, Spain

Day 6 – Neda – Pontedeume (14km)*

Day 7 – Pontedeume – Betanzos (20km)

Day 8 – Betanzos – Bruma (25km)

Day 9 – Bruma – Sigüeiro (24km)

Day 10 – Sigüeiro – Santiago (17km)

Day 11 – Free Day in Santiago

Day 12 – Departure day from Santiago

English Way Distance – 100km

Total Distance – 157km

*To avoid the extensive urban area of Ferrol, we provide a transfer from Ferrol to Neda to start the first stage from the 100kms marker at Neda.

 

PRICE 

Mid Season

April (except Easter), May, June, September & October

Price €895 per person, based on two people sharing a room

Single Room Supplement of €385

High Season

Easter Week, July & August 

Price €950 per person, based on two people sharing a room

Single Room Supplement of €440

 

CUSTOMISE YOUR TRIP

  • Add Airport Transfers on the Irish and/or the Spanish section
  • Add Guided Day Trip to the Great Blasket Islands in Kerry, Ireland
  • Upgrade to Luxury accommodation in the 5 star Parador Hotel in Santiago de Compostela
  • Add a Guided Day Trip to the Galician coast in Spain to visit Finisterre and Muxia

If you choose not to include airport transfers, we will provide detailed advice how to get from /back to the airport.

 

CALENDAR 

Self guided, tailor made trips are available from April to October. Choose a start date that suits you/your group. You can secure your booking with a 20% deposit.

 

CONTACT US 

For further information about this package, contact us on 01 – 442 8921 or email us at info@magichillholidays.com

At a glance:

  • 4 nights in a 3 star Hotel and 3&4 star B&Bs in Ireland
  • 7 nights in 2 or 3 star Hotels/Rural houses/Pensiones in Spain
  • 11 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer between accommodation (one bag per person, up to 20kg)
  • Day 6 – Taxi transfer – Ferrol to Neda
  • Day 8&9 – Return taxi to/from your accommodation
  • Irish and Spanish Pilgrim’s Passports
  • Camino Information Pack and Walking Notes
  • Mapbook for the Kerry Camino
  • 24 hour phone assistance
  • Transfer in case of emergencies

Quote of the day:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”

Mark Twain