case its of interest here is the route I took (in
stages, spread over a few years):
Dublin to Wexford/Rosslare - on foot down the coast
boat to Cherbourg
Cherbourg to Mont St Michel on foot
Mont St Michel to St Jean (by bike through Rennes,
St Jean to Finesterre by foot on French route
I’m surprised you don’t take the Breton St James
ways in account : http://www.saint-jacques-compostelle-bretagne.fr/
Coming from Ireland, you could use 3 ferry routes
with Irish Ferries,
Wexford/Rosslare-Cherbourg with Irish Ferries
with Brittany Ferries.
Roscoff is close to the starting point of one of
the Bretons ways.
There are some other solutions, for example, by
using ferries arriving to Saint Malo, close to Mont-Saint-Michel.
I believe that connecting with the Via Francigena
at Canterbury makes strategic sense. This leaves
us with the discussion on where to begin? I too
would think the west of Ireland would be a perfect
starting point as it is the mostly westerly part
of Europe. Maybe Croagh Patrick in Mayo?. Where
I live in County Down, we have the St Patricks way
which ends in Downpatrick where St Patrick is buried
in Down Cathedral.
why not start at the most westerly of Irish pilgrimage
sites Skellig Michael so that we have the blessings
of the archangel and a spectacular launch to our
journey. We could then head 'inland' to join the
Kerry way to Killarney (taking in the ancient monastic
sites at Aghadoe and Innisfallen) then head over
the county bounds to Cork via Saint Gobnait's shrine
at Ballyvourney. At that point it's either the the
sea route to the Galician coast or take a land route
to the east coast. Mount Melleray abbey near Lismore
would be a good place to stop off and we'd be sure
of a welcome from the monks........now look what
you've started Peter.
would be big European interest in this as they value
the old Irish connections via the likes of Columbanus
who established the monastery at Bobbio in Italy.
I diverted to here from the Francigena and followed
a route , the Via degli Abati which Irish monks
used to connect back to the Via Francigena. There
is a lot of interest in the Irish roots of European
à Irlande / Ireland
at wanadoo.fr - 21/10/2012