The Way of our Ancestors

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THE WAY OF OUR ANCESTORS

Authorised by the Camino Society of Ireland, the 29km Slí ár Sinsear trail forms part of the Celtic Camino – a network of qualifying trails needed to complete the Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) pilgrimage from A Coruna to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia.

 

Starting in Glenbeigh at the Church of Saint James, the route largely follows the Kerry Way southwards towards Cahersiveen, taking in the ancient pilgrim path to the summit of 690m Cnoc na dTobar, a sacred site since prehistoric times.

 

Long before the arrival of Christianity, the mountain was used for assemblies, and especially the harvest festival of Lughnasa.

THE CHALLENGE

1
Make an early morning start from Glenbeigh’s Church of Saint James
2
Follow the Ring of Kerry road for 300m
3
Leave the road at the parking area 300m past the River Behy
4
Follow the ancient paths and old coach roads of the Kerry Way
5
Break off in Kells if you want to take two days for the route
6
Scale Cnoc na dTobar
7
Descend into Cahersiveen
Ancient site

Cnoc na dTobar was a sacred site in Pagan Ireland and the setting for celebrating the ancient harvest festival of Lughnasa.

Cross stations

In 1885, Cahersiveen parish priest Canon Brosnan had 14 stations of the cross placed along the mountain’s ancient trail.

Camino qualifier

Celtic Camino routes such as this were designed so pilgrims on the Santiago de Compostella could begin their journey in their home country.

Wishing well

At the bottom of the mountain is a well dedicated to St Fursey. It is known for its 'healing' mineral waters.

The Way of our Ancestors

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FAQ

The following are recommended: comfortable walking/hiking boots and socks, head covering, gloves, fleece, waterproof jacket and over-trousers.

Yes, but a guidebook and maps are recommended.

 

Maps numbered 78, 83 and 84 in The Discovery Series produced by Ordnance Survey Ireland are the best ones.

Get your Camino passport from the Camino Society of Ireland. Their site has full details.

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