The Kerry Camino is a walking trail hiking from the towns of Tralee to Dingle, in County Kerry, in the South of Ireland. The Kerry Camino follows a section of The Dingle Way, taking a route believed to have been followed by Saint Brendan, the Navigator, back in 512AD. The route has also been taken by monks and pilgrims on their way to Dingle where they would then board a boat taking them to Northern Spain where they would continue their Camino de Santiago journey on foot.
The Kerry Camino is run by an group of enthusiastic locals, keen to recover the history of the trail. The team has created a log book where walkers can collect stamps along the way and record their progress.
This year, The Kerry Camino Festival takes place from Thursday 27th April to Sunday 30th April and everybody is welcome! If you haven’t visited this part of Ireland before, this is your chance!
The Kerry Camino Festival 2015 Schedule
Thursday 27th April: Registration followed by an Irish Music Session in Tralee
Friday 28th April: Walk from Tralee to Camp
9.30am starting at St. Johns Church (walking 5-6 hours)
*Today is the toughest section you will need walking shoes or boots with a good grip
*Option to stay overnight in Camp or return to Tralee
Saturday 29th April: Walk from Camp to Annascaul
9.30am Start at Brandon car park
10am starting at Mick Neill’s pub in Camp (walking 5-6 hours)
*Break available at Inch Beach (Sammy’s on the beach for lunch)
*Option to stay overnight in Annascaul or return to Tralee
Sunday 30th April:
10am at South Pole Inn (walking 5-6 hours)
Finishing at St James Church in Dingle to receive your Certificate of Completion.
The parish church of Saint James in Dingle is believed to have been built by the Spaniards and linked to the medieval pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the Camino de Santiago.
Fee: €75.00 per person for 3 days
Suggested gear list:
Good boots: water proof hiking boots or trail shoes are suggested as they give much more support and grip than running shoes; as well as being waterproof.
Rain gear: rain coat and waterproof trousers to enjoy the famous Irish rain (if it makes an appearance!).
Food and drink: packed lunch, water, tea or coffee in a flask
Other items: blister packs, petroleum jelly, small first aid kit, money, hat and sun cream.