Camino de Glendalough
The Camino de Glendalough takes pilgrims through the beautiful Wicklow Mountains between Hollywood and Glendalough. The route follows the ancient pilgrim path of St Kevin’s Way from St Kevin’s Church in Hollywood to the Monastic City in Glendalough. The full Camino covers a distance of 30 kilometres but there are also many opportunities to join the path for individuals and groups wishing to make shorter journeys.
People have undertaken pilgrimage since early Christian times and early Irish monks were well known for their wonderlust. Today’s pilgrims may undertake their journeys for many reasons – a sudden change in their lives, an urge to find a deeper meaning in life, to give thanks or seek blessing. Pilgrimage brings people on two journeys: one physical and one internal or spiritual.
The first Camino de Glendalough took place in November 2016 with people coming from all over the dioceses and beyond to take part. It arose out of Dublin & Glendalough’s Come & C project and connected into the United Dioceses’ 800th anniversary celebrations during 2016.
There are plans to make the Camino de Glendalough a regular annual diocesan event and to organise smaller group pilgrimages from St John’s Church in Laragh. It is also hoped to link in with the Camino de Santiago.
A booklet has been produced to accompany those who undertake the Camino de Glendalough. The booklet details the route of the Camino and also gives an insight into why people undertake pilgrimage and the story of the life of St Kevin. A brief history of the Monastic City of Glendalough is also outlined.