Donegal Camino is back
The Donegal Camino returns for a second year from the 4th to the 10th of September 2022. It aims to exceed the €26,000 raised in 2021 for Cancer Care West Support Centre based in Letterkenny in Donegal while also showcasing the contrasting walking and hiking landscape of Donegal from Inishowen in the north east to the splendour of the Slieve League Cliffs in the south west and selected Gaeltacht regions.
Deirdre McGlone and Peggy Stringer are pictured with Noel Cunningham.
This hike caters for 70 walkers in 2022, and walkers can choose to participate in all seven days of the Donegal Camino or select their favourite days on which to walk and hike with packages of 1, 3 or 7 days from €30 per person per day, available on www.donegalcamino.ie.
From moderate to challenging walks, the Donegal Camino has something for all levels of fitness, and the traditional Camino ethos is at the heart of the week for all walkers. If you want to remember a loved one who’s suffered from cancer, or simply walk to reconnect with yourself or take time out from your busy life, the Donegal Camino will give this to you. There’s also the fun factor for walkers who wish to celebrate the beauty of Donegal and its people; you will meet new friends and enjoy honest to goodness Donegal walking, good food and hospitality. Above all, you will raise much needed funds for Cancer Care West in Donegal, which will support cancer victims and their families.
Donegal Person of the Year, hotelier and TV personality Noel Cunningham and the dynamic duo of Donegal businesswomen Peggy Stringer and Deirdre Mc Glone have once again devised a seven day hike across the hills, trails, beaches, coastline, cliffs and selected Gaeltacht areas of Donegal. They’ve also included a mystery island visit on the 2022 Donegal Camino, details of which will be revealed in time. Fully guided by John Mc Groary and his company Walking Ireland, participants on the Donegal Camino are assured of excellent support, the ultimate in safety which will be delivered in a practical, fun and entertaining way.
The route will feature many surprises and appearances from Donegal’s most famous faces, ensuring all walkers have the best craic and create memories of a lifetime. Each days' walking will wrap with the best of Donegal food, entertainment and hospitality, and all participants must book accommodation and restaurants directly as per the website.
On the 3rd of September, all walkers have the opportunity to get together for the opening Donegal Camino dinner and entertainment in the Railway Tavern in Fahan in Inishowen. The event will bring together all participants and will preview the week’s walking and details of Cancer Care West's work in Donegal. Walkers are encouraged to raise funds in advance, all of which will go directly to Cancer Care West.
Day 1 kicks off with the Urris Hills of Inishowen, followed by Day 2 in the gorgeous Rossguill Penninsula. Day 3 is the highest of the Derryveagh Mountains, Muckish, which will be followed by an easy day in the middle of the week with an island mystery tour where walkers will enjoy a beach walk and the opportunity to take a dip in the sea and enjoy some water sports too. Following the halfway mark, the Donegal Camino moves onto the unspoilt nature reserve of Sheskinmore on Day 5. The Bluestacks are the destination for Day 6 in the Clogher and Disert Valley, with the climax on Europe’s highest sea cliffs, Slieve League, its Pilgrim’s Path and the infamous One Man’s Pass.
To book your Donegal Camino, log onto www.donegalcamino.ie; daily walking rates are €30, 3 days are €75 and 7 days are €150. All accommodation and dinner reservations must be made directly with the venues by all walkers on the Donegal Camino, who will also need their own transport unless otherwise specified.
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