Donegal Camino Ireland - Charity Fundraising for Cancer Care West 2023

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Sunday 3rd – Saturday 9th September 2023

Dé Domhnaigh 3ú – Dé Satharn 9ú Meán Fómhar 2023

Itinerary – Clár

Donegal Camino 3rd – 9th September 2023

Camino Dún na nGall 3ú – 9ú Meán Fómhar 2023


A Reasonable level of Fitness is required for all walks
Day 1, Sunday 3rd September Registration opens at 9am. Walk starts at 10am
All distances and times for each walk are ESTIMATED and an APPROXIMATION.
Hiking Boots are required on all walks unless otherwise specified.
Daily Walking Requirements – High Viz Vest, Rain Gear, Sun Cream, Packed Lunch, Water & a Smile!

DAY 1 – Malin Head

Sunday 3rd September
MEET POINT: Meeting point for the bus ‘Lagg Church’ Eircode F93 FY71


Walk Starts: 10AM SHARP

Distance: Estimated 16.5km Time: 4-5 hours Approximately

Coach transfer from ‘Lagg Church’ to the starting point near Malin Head, this is a moderate to strenuous walk with stunning coastal scenery of Ireland’s most northerly point. From Malin Head we take the coastal path past ‘Hell’s Hole’ where Star Wars was filmed and onto Bamba’s Crown and then heading south, we take in some of the quieter back roads past the Coast Guard Station and back along the coast by ‘White Strand Bay’. We then climb the roadway over the Knockamany bends which have  magical views over ‘Five Finger’s Strand’ before finishing at ‘Lagg Church’.

We then travel in cavalcade of cars  to the Lough Swilly Car Ferry in Buncrana and transfer to Fanad Penninsula for Day 2.

NOTE: Hiking Boots, reflective jacket, weather-proof clothing,  sun cream, and a packed lunch & water are essential.

  Moderate to Strenuous

DAY 2 – Knockalla

Monday 4th September
MEET POINT: 55°08’35.1″N 7°37’50.6″W

Registration 9.15AM

Walk Starts: 10AM SHARP

Distance: Estimated 6km (Hills, Ups & Downs) Time: 4-5 hours Approximately

Today we leave the road and take to the mountains.  This linear walk along the ridge of Knockalla Mountain involves several ‘ups’ & ‘downs’ and is quite strenuous in parts.  The terrain can be boggy in places and there are some steep sections but the amazing views of Fanad Penninsula,  Ballymastoker Bay, Portsalon and across to Lough Swilly and Malin Head make every step worth while. Given, of course, that we have the visibility for Day 2.

NOTE: Hiking Boots, reflective jacket, weather-proof clothing, a packed lunch and water are essential.



    Lizzie’s Diner,  Main Street, Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal

    Tel: 074 9136789

DAY 3 – Horn Head

Tuesday 5th September
MEET POINT: Eircode F92 N6TF

Registration: 9.15pm

Walk Starts: 10AM SHARP

Distance: Estimated 14km Time: 4-5 Hours Approximately
Todays walk begins in the village of Dunfanaghy at Arnold’s Hotel.  This is a moderate, loop road walk. We will take the road from the village to the look-out post on Horn Head. A definite photo spot. The road rises steadily from sea-level just outside the village to an approximate height of 230mts over 3 km. After taking in the views from the lookout post we will then walk around Horn Head along the Wild Atlantic Way with its spectacular views of Rosguill, Fanad and Inishowen, before returning to the village of Dunfanaghy.

NOTE: Hiking boots or good footwear, reflective jacket, weather-proof clothing, and a packed lunch and water are essential.


DAY 4 – Errigal Sunrise Walk

Wednesday 6th September
MEET POINT: Google Maps – ‘Errigal Mountain Hike Parking’


Distance: 5.5km Hike (Boardwalk – Single File) Time: 4-5 Hours Approximately
As we reach half way on the Donegal Camino, a Sunrise hike of Donegal’s highest peak Errigal is scheduled. The start time will be published closer to the date so please follow our social media for news. Strenuous but exhilarating, our sunrise climb of Errigal is sure to inspire everyone. The walk will begin at the Errigal Car-park on the main Dunlewey to Glenveagh road – east of Dunlewey village.  We will take the newly constructed path to the summit of Errigal mountain at 751mts – Donegal’s highest mountain.  The climb is likely to be slow as the path is narrow but again the rewards will be great for all who climb. A mindfull and spiritual start to our day for sure.

NOTE: Hiking boots, head Light, torch, reflective jacket, weather-proof clothing, and a packed lunch and water are all OBLIGATORY.

We transfer to Tory island / Óildeáin Toraigh on the passenger ferry later in the afternoon for an overnight stay. Times TBC closer to the date.




    Tory Island Hotel, Tory Island, West Town, Co. Donegal, F92 WY64

    Other accommodation options on the island are available too,  please message us for details


    An Club, Óileáin Toraigh – Tory Island

    Book Now: 086 1928114

DAY 5 – Oileáin Toraigh – Tory Island

Thursday 7th September
MEET POINT: Caladh Toraigh – Tory Pier

Walk Starts: 10AM SHARP

Distance: Estimated 9-10km. Time: 3-4 hours Approximately
Awakening on the Gaeltacht island of Oileáin Toraigh – Tory Island, we all meet at the island’s pier. From there, this road and track walk initially takes us to the west-end of the island walking towards the lighthouse and back to the village past ‘’Derek Hill’s’’ cabin.  We then head to the East-end of the island for spectacular views of ‘Tor-More’ or an Tór Mór, the highest point on the island, approximately 70m above sea level. We then return to the village to conclude our walk and visit to Oileáin Toraigh. We return by ferry to the mainland in the afternoon.

NOTE: Good footwear, reflective jacket, weather-proof clothing, and a packed lunch and water are essential.

Travelling to Oileáin Toraigh – Tory Island will be weather permitting. In the case of not travelling we will have a suitable Plan B which will be announced closer to the date.



DAY 6 – Maghery, Ardara

Friday 8th September
MEET POINT: Car Park at Catholic Church


Walk Starts: 10AM SHARP

Distance: Estimated: 15km Time: 4-5 hours Approximately
Todays walk begins in the seaside area of Maghery near the town of Ardara in Southwest Donegal. A coach takes all walkers from the Church in Ardara to the starting point which will certainly be a Selfie Spot as we begin at the magnificent ‘’Assaranka Waterfall’’.  We take a short walk along a road section before we climb a track which brings us to the top of the waterfall and into the peaceful valley of ‘Minte Seisce’.  We will then take the country road through the valley to Stravally before turning uphill towards the top of the glacial valley known as ‘Granny Glen’’. It is simply breathtaking. We finish up back at the “Assaranka Waterfall”.

NOTE: Hiking boots and / or good footwear, reflective jacket, weather-proof clothing, a packed lunch and water are essential.



Saturday 9th September
MEET POINT: Sliabh Liag Visitor Centre F94 W8KC

Walk Starts: 10AM SHARP

Distance: Estimated 12km Time: 4-5 hours Approximately 

Today we walk to the summit of the iconic ‘Sliabh Liag’, Europe’s highest Sea Cliffs. A mixture of road, track, and bog this is a strenuous walk but a most rewarding one which is a perfect crescendo on which to finish the third Donegal Camino.  Beginning at the Sliabh Liag Visitor Centre we will take the pathway at the back of the mountain called ‘The Pilgrim’s Path’’ rising to a height of 595mts.  The crossing of the unique ‘One Man’s Path’ will be weather dependant and determined on the day.  We return to the Sliabh Liag visitor centre along the same route.

NOTE: Hiking boots, weather-proof clothing, and a packed lunch and water are essential.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Donegal Businesses, we kindly appeal to support the Donegal Camino in aid of Cancer Care West as we grow together. There are lots of Sponsorship Opportunities to profile your brand. Help us make the event even more special for our walkers while also putting Donegal on the map as a world class walking and hiking destination.

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