Donegal Camino Ireland 2021 - Charity Fundraising for Cancer Care West


Donegal Camino


Following the success of Peggy Stringer’s inaugural Donegal Camino last year, we are proud to present Donegal Camino 2021 – an 8-day walk from Malin Head to Slieve League – Saturday 4th September to Saturday 11th September inclusive.

Walk the Donegal Camino with Peggy, Noel & Deirdre

The call of the camino started as a gentle whisper many years ago. It was always on the ‘bucket list’ but there never seemed to be time to make it happen. The whisper became louder when I watched the famous film ‘The Way’ featuring Martin Sheen. Finally, hubby Marc and I made a booking to walk the Via Francigena last April. However, our plans had to be postponed when Covid travel restrictions were imposed. We hope to fulfil our dream sometime in the not too distant future, especially as we now realise that part of the Via Podiensis walking route (GR651) is located just beside our new home from home and budding business, Le Moulin sur Célé in France.




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In the meantime, I am so excited to be teaming up with my good friends, Peggy Stringer and Noel Cunningham to present Donegal Camino 2021; an 8-day walk from Malin Head to Slieve League – Saturday 4th September to Saturday 11th September inclusive. Following the success of Peggy’s inaugural Donegal Camino last year, it is our hope that this will become an annual event for all to enjoy.

What are our objectives?

We really want to promote  our beloved Donegal, to raise funds for Cancer Care West and to make memorable moments together.

Who can join?

You are welcome to join part or all of the walks each day. The pace will be ‘leisurely’ at around 5km per hour and each day is about 15km on average. We are delighted to have secured the services of professional walking tour guide, John McGroary of This walk is open to everyone but for safety and logistical reasons, numbers will be limited, so we highly recommend that you reserve your place as soon as possible. 

How do I register?

Please use the online registration from below.

What are the transport arrangements?

All walkers are responsible for making their own transport arrangements. We advise ‘car-pooling’  and parking a car at the beginning and end of each day route or having a family member or friend do a drop-off and pick-up.


Walkers are responsible for booking and confirming their own accommodation. It is advised to make reservations as soon as possible. An additional listing of quality accommodation options is available on

How can I donate to the Cancer Care West charity?

Donation can be done via

I have always had a big love of hiking, of escaping to the great outdoors to reconnect with nature and find that inner peace that we all need from time to time. I love the simplicity of lacing up a pair of hiking boots and heading off to the hills. The crisp fresh air, the sounds, the scent of bog and heather, the taste of the carefully prepared packed lunch – it’s all part of the experience.

The Donegal Camino 2021 is a chance for us to come back into harmony and alignment with ourselves – with our minds, with our emotions and our spirit. For many, it might just be the light at the end of the dark tunnel of the pandemic. So let’s walk together.

At the end of the film ‘The Way’, Martin Sheen said:

“It’s important to remember that we are all on the same journey. You can’t have anyone walk this walk for you – but you don’t have to walk it alone.”

Peggy, Noel and I hope to walk with you soon.


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Donegal Camino 2021

An 8-day walk from Malin Head to Slieve League – Saturday 4th September to Saturday 11th September

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Peggy Stringer – Deirdre McGlone – Noel Cunningham

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Donegal Camino 4th – 11th September 2021

DAY 1 – Malin Head

Saturday 4th September
10am Meet at Farren’s Bar, Malin Head. Light refreshments. Photo opp. Welcome walkers. Launch walk. Walk to Malin via Knockamany Bends – 18km. Overnight at McGrory’s, Culdaff. Dinner at Nancy’s Barn, Ballyliffin.


DAY 2 – Fanad Head

Sunday 5th September
Drive from Culdaff to Buncrana. Ferry to Rathmullan. Walk from Ballymastocker to Fanad Lighthouse – 15km. Overnight in the Beach Hotel, Downings. Dinner in the Olde Glen Bar & Restaurant, Carrickart.


DAY 3 – Lough Salt

Monday 6th September
Drive from Downings to Lough Salt. Climb Lough Salt – 4 hours. Drive from Lough Salt to Dungloe. Overnight in the Waterfront Hotel, Dungloe. Dinner and Music in Leo’s Tavern.


DAY 4 – Glenveagh National Park

Tuesday 7th September
Drive from Dungloe to Glenveagh. Bicycle jaunt around National Park. Drive from Glenveagh to Burtonport. Ferry to Arranmore Island. Overnight in Arranmore. Dinner and music in Earley’s Bar.


DAY 5 – Arranmore

Wednesday 8th September
Walk the Arranmore Island Loop – 14km. Ferry to Burtonport. Drive to Ardara. Overnight and Dinner in the Nesbitt Arms.


DAY 6 – Port to Glenlough

Thursday 9th September
Drive to Port. Walk from Port to Glenlough – 11km. Overnight in the Nesbitt Arms. Dinner in Dawros Bay House, Rosbeg.


DAY 7 – Glencolmcille

Friday 10th September
Drive from Ardara to Glencolmcille. Walk the Glencolmcille Tower Loop. Presentation and entertainment at the Folk Village. Overnight in Roarty’s B&B, Glen – Dinner in An Chistin @ Cook’s Pantry.


DAY 8 – Slieve League

Saturday 11th September
Drive from Glen to Slieve League. Climb Slieve League – 6 hours. Soup / sandwich in the Rusty Mackerel, Teelin. Drive to Harvey’s Point, Lough Eske – Grand Finale.


Sponsorship opportunities

May we kindly appeal to Donegal businesses to support the Donegal Camino in aid of Cancer Care West. There are lots of opportunities to profile your brand and help us make the event even more special for our walkers.


Donegal Camino 4th – 11th September 2021


Fill the registration form and click ‘Submit Registration’

With less than four weeks to go, we’re on the countdown to Donegal Camino 2021. Having reached our target of 50 walkers in the interests of safety and guidelines, this means that registrations are now closed. All going well, this promises to be an annual event, so pencil it your diary now for the same time next year.
Warmest wishes,

Deirdre, Peggy & Noel

Donegal Camino 4th – 11th September 2021

The cost per walk is €20 per day, €50 for 3 days or €100 for 8 days.

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