Please check out the daily details of our Celtic Camino itinerary from June 5 - 17, 2017 below. The route is 913 kilometers long (420 kilometers in Ireland and 493 kilometers in France) over ten cycling days, which averages out to just over 90 kilometers (55 miles) per day. Most of the terrain is either undulating or flat with limited elevation gain so cycling should be easy to moderate in difficulty. Anyone with a basic level of fitness should be able to complete the trip. Road bicycles are strongly recommended. For more technical details about the trip, consult the blog. We will be staying in a remarkable variety and quality of lodging - many 4-star. For a summary sheet of the trip, click here.
Monday, June 5
Participants should arrive in Dublin in the morning. We are booked at the Barnacles Hostel in the heart of Dublin. We need to get the Irish Camino de Santiago Pilgrim's passport at St. James Church in the morning. The rest of the day is free to explore Dublin, put bicycles together, and meet as a group for dinner for initial introductions and orientation. Some participants may wish to to take part on their own in the Gran Fondo Giro d'italiani, a well-run ride in Northern Island on Sunday, June 4. In order to do so, you will need to arrive in Dublin on Saturday morning, June 3 and take a 2-hour bus ride to Belfast. Registration closes at 5:00 P.M. on Saturday. Contact VisionQuest if you would like more information about the ride (we are participating) and go to the ride website to register. We are holding hotel rooms in Belfast for interested participants. Costs for this portion are not covered by the VisionQuest trip registration fee. The Northern Island ride registration fee includes a new jersey.
Tuesday, June 6
We start in the morning on a 66 kilometer ride to the beautiful region of Glendalough in County Wicklow. Our accommodation for the following two days will be at the Trooperstown Wood Lodge (pictured right), a traditional bed and breakfast with a lovely meeting area. It will be nice to have the entire place to ourselves for two nights. On the way to Glendalough we will detour to make a stop at the historic Powerscourt House & Gardens, which must be seen to be believed. To download a route map of the day's cycle, click here.
Wednesday, June 7
The Glendalough region is famous for a number of early Christian sites (one pictured left) and beautiful scenery. We will plan a day outing on a route (approximately 60 kilometers) yet to be determined to visit around Glendalough and County Wicklow.