The Donegal Camino returns for a second year


The second Donegal Camino will take place September 4-10 with funds raised for the Cancer Care West support unit in Letterkenny.

The Donegal Camino is returning by popular demand.

The 2022 event aims to top the €26,000 raised in 2021 for the Cancer Care West Support Center based in Letterkenny, Donegal.

The Donegal Camino 2021 was organized by Donegal Person of the Year, Noel Cunningham, alongside Donegal Business Women, Peggy Stringer and Deirdre McGlone. For 2022 they have once again designed “a magical 7 day trek through the hills, trails, beaches, coastline, cliffs and select Gaeltacht areas of Donegal”.

The week of hiking and walking will showcase the stunning beauty of Walking in Donegal and will include a mystery tour of the island with many surprises.

This year there is a brand new route from the Urris Hills in Inishowen to the highest cliffs in Europe, Slieve League.

The unique trek accommodates 70 walkers who can choose to take the 7 day Donegal Camino or select their preferred days to walk and hike with 1, 3 or 7 day passes from €30 per person per day .

The Donegal Camino has something for all fitness levels and the traditional philosophy of the Camino is central to the week for all walkers.

Participants will raise much needed funds for Cancer Care West in Donegal, which will support cancer victims and their families.

According to the organizers, participants will be fully guided by John Mc Groary and his company Walking Ireland and can be assured of excellent support, the ultimate in safety which will be provided in a practical, fun and entertaining way.

Each day’s walk will end with the best of Donegal food, entertainment and hospitality. All participants must book accommodation and restaurants directly in accordance with the website.

On September 3, all walkers have the opportunity to gather for the opening dinner and entertainment at Fahan’s Railway Tavern in Inishowen. The event will bring all participants together and provide an overview of the week’s walk and details of Cancer Care West’s work in Donegal. Walkers are encouraged to raise funds in advance, which will go directly to Cancer Care West.

“The inaugural Donegal Camino was a huge success,” said Noel Cunningham, Donegal Person of the Year. “Our aim is to make the Donegal Camino the number one hike in Ireland, but the most important thing for us is to raise money for Cancer Care West in Donegal. This year we want to exceed the 2021 donation of €26,000 and we call on all walkers to make this their priority. We have plenty of ideas to help them raise funds.

According to the organisers, the itinerary for the event is as follows: Day 1 begins with the stunning Urris Hills of Inishowen, followed by Day 2 in the stunning Rossguill Peninsula. Day 3 is the highest of the Derryveagh Mountains, Muckish, which will be followed by an easy mid-week day with a mystery island tour where walkers can enjoy a beach walk and the possibility to swim in the sea and enjoy some water sports too. After halfway the Donegal Camino, head towards the unspoiled nature reserve of Sheskinmore on Day 5. The Bluestacks are the destination for Day 6 in the Clogher Valley and Disert with the highest point at the highest cliffs in Europe, Slieve League is Pilgrim’s Path and the infamous One Man’s Path.

The week of events will culminate in the fishing town of Killybegs with a night at the Tara Hotel and a celebratory dinner at Anderson’s Boat House restaurant, where hiking boots and walking gear will be swapped for dancing shoes and glamour. An evening of great food, laughter, fun and reflection on the second year of the magnificent Donegal Camino will be enjoyed by all.

Prices for a day walk are €30, 3 days €75 and 7 days €150. All accommodation and dinner reservations must be made directly with the venue by all attendees, who will also require their own transportation unless otherwise specified.

The Donegal Camino is supported by Údarás na Gaeltachta and Fáilte Ireland with sponsors, Promise Gluten Free and Vodafone Donegal, as well as myriad private and walker-raised donations.

Registrations are open now at www.donegalcamino.ie.

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