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Walk the Camino for a good cause

Publication Date: 10 January 2024
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An unforgettable adventure while raising funds for a good cause awaits those who join this year’s annual Down Syndrome Centre pilgrimage along the Camino de Compostela this September and October.

From the historic paths of Santiago de Compostela to the serene landscapes of Galicia, this journey promises a physical challenge and visual and culinary delights, but it is also a spiritual journey where life-long friendships are forged.

The adventure commences in Lugo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting intact Roman walls and a rich historical tapestry.

The first day's walk from Sarria to Portomarin takes in picturesque oak woods and Romanesque buildings, offering a taste of rural Galicia's beauty and tranquillity.

The next day is a 24 km trip to the beautiful Serra de Ligonde. Along the way, pilgrims will encounter stunning churches, quaint villages, and captivating landmarks, including the stone cross 'cruceiro' in Os Lameiros built in 1670.

A 29-kilometer stretch awaits on day four, leading through diverse landscapes from forest treks to charming hamlets like Melide, famous for its traditional octopus restaurants. The journey continues through the countryside and over medieval bridges to Arzúa.

Day five covers a comfortable 20-kilometer stretch, meandering through lush meadows and pastoral landscapes. Participants explore Arzúa's dairy culture before heading to O Pedrouzo, marking the transition to Santiago de Compostela.

The following day brings the group closer to Santiago's old town, culminating in an exhilarating arrival at the magnificent Santiago Cathedral and being presented with their Pilgrim Passports.

The last day gives trekkers a full day exploring Santiago's bustling cobbled squares and vibrant streets including a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed ‘old town’ before departing for Dublin.

Join us on this remarkable pilgrimage, walking the Camino for the Down Syndrome Centre, creating lasting memories while supporting a worthy cause.

Date: Sep 29 - Oct 6


  • Direct flights from Dublin to Santiago return
  • Coach service for airport and trail transfers
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in hotel Mendez Nuñez, Lugo and 3 nights in hotel Exe Peregrino, Santiago
  • Breakfast and dinner each day
  • Local guide
  • Pilgrim Passport and Camino shell

Cost: €1,220 (including baggage)


Our Mission

To create a centre dedicated to providing support and services to families and carers of people with Down syndrome; helping them to reach their full potential and creating a brighter future.

The Down Syndrome Centre is compliant with all regulatory requirements for care of children, clinical practice, teaching and governance. 

Memberships include: Down Syndrome International, the Wheel and the Charities Institute Ireland, from whom we have Triple-Lock status for fundraising, governance and financial management. 

We are registered with the Charities Regulator to whom we submit our annual report.

Charity Number: 20055158 
CHY: 15750
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Sandyford, Dublin 18 
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