Donegal Camino Ireland - Charity Fundraising for Cancer Care West 2023

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Itinerary

Sunday 1st – Saturday 7th  September 2024

Dé Domhnaigh 1ú – Dé Satharn 7ú Meán Fómhar 2024

Itinerary – Clár

Donegal Camino 1st – 7th September 2024

Camino Dún na nGall 1ú – 7ú Meán Fómhar 2024

Note

A Reasonable level of Fitness is required for all walks
Day 1, Sunday 1st September Registration opens at 9am. Walk starts at 10am
THEREAFTER, ALL WALKS START AT 10AM SHARP UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED.
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 1st  September #CaminoSunday
MEET POINT: Meeting point ‘Lagg Church’ Eircode F93 FY71

MEET TIME: 8.45AM SHARP

Walk Starts: 10AM SHARP

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

Starting from ‘Lagg Church’ taking in the magical Knockamany bends and stunning views of ‘Five Finger Strand’, this is a moderate to strenuous walk with stunning coastal scenery of Ireland’s most northerly points on the Inishowen Peninsula. Breathtaking views of Lough Swilly and ‘Hell’s Hole’ where Star Wars was filmed while we walk to Ireland’s most Northerly Point, Malin Head and Bamba’s Crown.

A coach will take all walkers from Bamba’s Crown to our cars at Lagg Church.

We then travel in cavalcade of cars  to the Lough Swilly Car Ferry in Buncrana or road via Letterkenny and transfer to Fanad Peninsula for Day 2 at Ards Forest Park.

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

  Moderate to Strenuous

DAY 2 – Ards Forest Park and Friary

Monday 2nd September
MEET POINT: Ards Forest Park Carpark

Registration 9.15AM

Walk Starts: 10AM SHARP

Distance: Estimated 7km Time: 4 hours Approximately

Ards Forest Park is new to the Donegal Camino itinerary and is a splendid Donegal amenity. A tranquil space of amazing natural beauty it offers a variety of landscapes, from the forest and woodland trails to sand dunes, beaches, salt marshes and a salt lake. An easy paces walk amidst contrasting scenery, we’ve selected a 7km trail which combines the forest,  beach and beautiful sand dunes. At its peak this walk will reach a height of 70metres. This will be a tranquil and easy walk amidst breathtaking scenery and rare flora and fauna. There will also be  a number of surprises along the way.

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

There is a €5 car park charge which is paid at the barrier entrance.

Easy to Moderate

DAY 3 – Errigal Donegal’s Highest Peak

Tuesday 3rd September

MEET POINT: Google Maps – ‘Errigal Mountain Hike Parking’

REGISTRATION & HIKE START TIME: TBC

Distance: 5.5km Hike (Boardwalk – Single File) Time: 4-5 Hours Approximately
Our 2023 Sunrise Climb of Errigal was a huge success. A poignant, spiritual hike underneath the darkness of a starlight night sky we set off at 4.30am to reach the summit at 6.30am. Donegal’s finest fiddle player, Matt Mc Granaghan serenaded us on the summit with haunting tunes which brought a passionate and spiritual atmosphere to this very special climb.

Errigal features once again on our 2024 itinerary and closer to the time and of course weather permitting we will announce our start time for either a sunrise or day climb so please follow our social media for news. Strenuous but exhilarating, our 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.

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

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   Strenuous

DAY 4 – Oileán na Cruite or Cruit Island, Gaeltacht Dún na nGall

Wednesday 4th September
MEET POINT: F94X362

St Mary’s Catholic Church, Béal na Cruite, Cionn Caslach, (Kincaslagh)

REGISTRATION & WALK START TIME (Tidal): 11 A.M.

Distance: 11km

Estimated Time 4.5 hours

Oileáin na Cruite i cheantair na Rossan, Gaeltacht Dún na nGall, oileáin beag galánta, atá ceangailte le mór thír Dún na nGall le droichead a bhí tógtha thart ar an dara Cogadh Domhain. Faigheann sé a ainm ón uirlís ceoil, an Cruit agus tá oidhreacht láidir ceoil ar an oileáin. Scríobh ceoltóir áitiúl Seán Mc Bride an amhrán “The Homes of Donegal” agus is é seo amhrán Camino Dún na nGall.

Cruit island or Oileáin na Cruite gets its name from the Irish musical instrument, the Harp,  as this very unique island in the Donegal Gaeltacht community of na Rossan or the Rosses is shaped like a harp. A pretty island with stunning beaches and island walks it has a population of approximately 80 people, and is linked to the Donegal mainland by a bridge built at the time of World War 2. It has a rich musical heritage and local musician Sean Mc Bride wrote our Donegal Camino Anthem “The Homes of Donegal” here in 1955. So a lively rendition is expected on the day!

Tidal, this easy island walk will start at 11am from Béal na Cruite, the mouth of the harp shaped island at Séipeál Naomh Muire, Coinn Caslach where it will also finish. There’s plenty of carparking here.

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

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Easy and Relaxing

DAY 5 – Cosán Gay Byrne – the Gay Byrne Trails & Crohy Head

Thursday 5th September
MEET POINT: Ionad Machaire Carpark, Na Rosann

Walk Starts: 10AM SHARP

Distance: Estimated 13.5km. Time: 4-5 hours Approximately

Cosán Gay Byrne or  the Gay Byrne Trail & Crohy Head links the Gweebara Estuary and Dungloe –  the Maghery  Walk

The renowned Irish Broadcaster Gay Byrne spent his summers in Donegal and enjoyed much of his time walking the county’s many beautiful trails. In 2023 Cosán Gay Byrne or the Gay Byrne Trails were launched linking the Donegal Gaeltacht townlands of the Gweebara Estuary and an Clochán Liath, Dungloe. The Donegal Camino takes in one of these trails along Maghery, in the Rosses, and Crohy Head, an area of stunning natural beauty with heritage and history dating back 5,000 years. A strenuous but stunning 13.5km walk over track and road with a height gain of 300mts. This walk  starts and finishes at Ionad Mháchaire or Machery Community Centre car park. A must for the views of Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way coastline, Arranmore, Owey Islands & Crohy Head. This walk will certainly have many photo stops along the way such are the spectacular coastal views.

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

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  Strenuous

DAY 6 – The Bluestack Way

Friday 6th September
MEET POINT: Donegal Town TBC

Registration: 9AM at the Diamond Donegal Town – COACH TRANSFER to Walk Start ( 20min journey)

Walk Starts: 10AM SHARP

Estimated Time: 4-5 hours

Today, we celebrate Donegal 550 with a fantastic 20km walk 20km of the majestic 65km Bluestack Way which links Donegal Town and the heritage town of Ardara.  As a group we will travel 20 minutes by coach from Donegal Town (pickup point the Diamond, Donegal Town)  to our start point in the Bluestack mountains.

From here we will follow a mountain, forest and road trail which climbs to a peak of 300 meters. We will then descend the trail into Donegal Town, which this year celebrates its historical milestone of 550 years. Today’s Donegal Camino walk will finish in the newly refurbished “Diamond” of Donegal Town with a good rousing rendition of “This is My Homeland” and a few party pieces and surprises!

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

Strenuous

DAY 7 – SLIABH LIAG

Saturday 7th September
MEET POINT: Sliabh Liag Visitor Centre F94 W8KC

Walk Starts: 10AM SHARP

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

Once again we finalé with a 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 fourth official 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 dependent 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.

ALTERNATIVE to the Sliabh Liag climb is an enjoyable Sliabh Liag Boat Trip with ticket donations going to Cancer Care West Donegal  Book directly and quote Donegal Camino when booking

   Strenuous

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