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Ireland to Santiago

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#1
Does anyone have any experience beginning a Camino in Ireland, taking a boat to Spain then continuing on the Norte route? I can only find ferries that require one to have a vehicle. Thanks -Gigi
 
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#2
No experience, but i have tried to research it. Looks like the only way is to head to Portsmouth and, using the website in the attached photo, try to follow guidelines for getting to North of Spain. I would try to avoid high winds as the bay of Biscay is not the smoothest bay to be tossed around in!
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#6
While not a camino, when I lived in Ireland I traveled to Santander (on the Norte) by SailRail Galway-Dublin-Holyhead-London-Portsmouth/Plymouth then cruise ferry to Bilbao/Santander as described by The Man in Seat61 in Kirkie's attached screengrab. But that was when there were options for Plymouth and Bilbao so I swapped it around to time my outward and return journeys better.
Last year, I used the cruise ferry Portsmouth to Santander for a camino and did return across the Bay of Biscay during Storm Ophelia (it was OK, they diverted a bit and we were a few hours late arriving). The options may have decreased but it was an easier journey because I was starting from near London.
However, The Man in Seat61 has been reporting that foot passenger travel is becoming more difficult all round. It's still worthwhile doing though! I do recommend jumping on the Portsmouth foot passenger options while they're still available and adding 12 hours either side to travel from/to Ireland. It's a slow-travel experience that's very in keeping with camino mentality.
 
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#7
Does anyone have any experience beginning a Camino in Ireland, taking a boat to Spain then continuing on the Norte route? I can only find ferries that require one to have a vehicle. Thanks -Gigi
I recommend you contact the Camino Society of Ireland, http://www.caminosociety.com/

They will provide you with every possible way to get from Ireland to Spain. There is no need to cross into the UK.

Also, you should know that there is a Celtic Camino. You start in Ireland and walk at least 25 - 35 km. The traditional start of a Camino in Dublin is at St. James Gate (the Guiness Brewery), or at the nearby Church of Saint James.

Under a deal with the Pilgrim Office in Santiago, you can start your camino in Ireland, obtaining the requisite stamps. Then get on a boat, or plane and hop over to Spain to compete your walking pilgrimage.

You continue your camino in Spain starting from one of the traditional places, usually A Coruna. This qualifies you for a Compostela if you did the first tranche in Ireland as mentioned. Without the first tranche of km in Ireland the distance is not qualifying.

Hope this helps.
 
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Via De La Plata
#8
If you are flexible, I just completed the Kerry Camino (Dingle Peninsula), caught the bus back to Dublin and a flight to Santiago. From there, I went to Porto for the Camino Portuguese, altho I could have gone to Ferrol or A Coruna or Bilbao/Irun.
 
#9
I, like you, sought out available ferry services but really they do not exist, right now. And what is available is quite a bit more than a direct flight from Dublin to Spain.

However, I am planning an Ireland / Spain Camino in 2019. For me, I will fly into Dublin, take a bus to Bray, South of Dublin and walk to St. James Church to complete my Irish leg. Then, take a plane to A Coruna or Santiago. If I get to A Coruna, then I will walk the Camino Ingles to SdC. If I fly to Santiago, it is a 20 minute train to A Coruna. Easy Peasy. 😎
 
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#10
I, like you, sought out available ferry services but really they do not exist, right now. And what is available is quite a bit more than a direct flight from Dublin to Spain.

However, I am planning an Ireland / Spain Camino in 2019. For me, I will fly into Dublin, take a bus to Bray, South of Dublin and walk to St. James Church to complete my Irish leg. Then, take a plane to A Coruna or Santiago. If I get to A Coruna, then I will walk the Camino Ingles to SdC. If I fly to Santiago, it is a 20 minute train to A Coruna. Easy Peasy. 😎
Hi Michelle, yourself and t2andreo are quite correct, if you walk 25km on a recognised pilgrim path in Ireland, of which there are beautiful historic routes, then you get a Celtic Camino certificate. You can then walk from A Coruña to Santiago, 75km and receive a compostela from the pilgrim office. You must present your Celtic Camino certificate at the pilgrim office. Check out www.pilgrimpaths.ie. They usually do 5 of these routes during Easter week so you can plan to go from one path to the next. At this time they are guided and well worth taking the guide as you hear historic, religious and cultural information along the way. There is available a Celtic passport available to get stamped at each route. They are 20 to 35km in length approx. Otherwise just pick the route from lovely Bray to St. James Church although it's about 35km. Welcome to Ireland 🇮🇪
 

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