Weekend Watch #50 – Burgos to Hontanas

I hope you are having a good weekend. I have finally reached 50 in this series. And I mark this occasion by posting a quick video about my favourite 30km stretch on the Camino Frances – from Burgos to Hontanas and the start of the meseta. This pilgrim even stopped at the same cafes as […]

8 weeks and counting

So the 7th of May can’t come quick enough. I’ve been secretly counting down since I came home from Burgos, but let’s keep that between us. We are not yet into Camino season but already, the number receiving the Compostela in Santiago is rising. I wonder what May will be like. But this time I […]

Medieval Irish pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela

If you are in Dublin, take a walk from the Liberties, past the Guinness Storehouse, past Thomas Street, keep walking until you see Christchurch Cathedral standing tall in front of you. This is the Dublin Camino and the direction medieval pilgrims walked to board their ship bound for Spain. During your same walk, keep an […]

Checking in & future walks

Hello there. Just dropping in to say hi. While I don’t blame you if you don’t recognise me, my posts may be a bit more frequent now. I haven’t been writing as often as I would like. The week goes by and before you know it, it is the weekend and I usually have plans […]

Being in front of the screen

I’ve often thought of creating a YouTube channel providing helpful hints on the Camino de Santiago. YouTube is saturated with videos on the Camino, just type in the word and a long list of videos will appear in front of you. Some of them will be helpful, some will not but it is about filtering […]

Weekend Watch #49 – A full Camino Frances

Some pilgrims like to walk the Camino Frances not knowing what is ahead of them. Maybe that is unwise. There are other pilgrims who plan every minute detail weeks in advance. Again, maybe this takes away from the mystery. I did a little of both when I first walked from St. Jean Pied de Port […]

Faultless Friday..

Ahh…another weekend…otro fin de semana. I’m just home from town after, well…..I had better explain my day in the post. The day started early with the end in sight. Positivity. Fridays tend to start off well, they have a good vibe about them. Today was no exception. The office was encouraged to take part in […]

Weekend Watch #48 – Camino Portuguese with Drew Robinson

Drew Robinson is back on the Camino. Six years after he brought us the very popular “Camino de Santiago Documentary – A Journey of the Mind“, he returns to Spain via the Camino Portuguese. This time around he would be joined by his wife and his two-year-old son. The first part of the journey takes […]

My Conversation with Maria from SpanishforCamino.com

I was delighted to be contacted by Maria regarding a possible post on her excellent website SpanishforCamino.com. Her website is full of hints and tips for those looking to improve their Spanish. As she lives on the Camino, she sees pilgrims passing by every day. So her website is a great place to start if […]

Another ramble planned for September…

And the Camino experience keeps rolling on.. I had toyed with walking the start of the Via de la Plata from Seville as a 2nd Camino this year. Maybe ten days or so. But I received a message out of the blue from a Camino buddy that I met last September. He is starting his […]

Weekend Watch #47 – Camino Primitivo

I don’t think I have featured anything on the Camino Primitivo before. There are so many other routes to discover, but so much time! The Camino Primitivo is a difficult, but beautiful pilgrimage, that starts in the town of Oviedo and ends in Santiago. It has a distance of 310 kilometres or 192.6 miles. This […]

Since Friday..

Let me apologise! The intention was to keep you updated a little bit more than this but I was busy over the weekend. Here goes… The Camino Society held their first monthly walk of 2019 in Glencullen. There are tonnes of trails there and the Dublin Mountains Way runs through it. I won’t go into […]

Something new for 2019..

I made this news known to my Instagram followers a few weeks back so I’m a little unsure why I haven’t written something about it since here. It’s no great shake, no major event, just a new hobby that I hope to take up and fill in the gaps. I have purchased a new Canon […]

A few more items bought…

Today was fun, all Camino related. I spent the morning in Dublin city centre at a Spanish class devouring the future tense (not something I am common with) before taking a trip to my favourite outdoor store to purchase last-minute Camino items. Thank you Christmas vouchers! 1 ) Columbia full zip fleece – I have […]

Weekend Watch #46 – Camino Portuguese 1st Steps

John Roy is a peregrino from Halifax, Canada who has an active YouTube account with many helpful videos on the Camino. He has just returned from a trip on the Camino Portuguese and has started to upload the first videos of many of his time there. This first video shows his arrival in Porto and […]

More practice required..

When was the last time I walked more than 20k? It was probably in September before Burgos, watching the sunrise over the cathedral while the sun sets on my Camino. It was a good time and 20k was a breeze. I had good company and many good conversations. Since the New Year, I have barely […]

Two recent additions to ClearskiesCamino

Today, I have added 2 new files to the Camino Resources section of the blog – one gives a breakdown of how many pilgrims reached Santiago in 2018 and the other is my Packing List for my upcoming Celtic Camino in May. I hope they prove useful to you.

Some of my favourite accommodation on the Camino Frances

So I have been walking bits and pieces of the Camino Frances from St. Jean Pied de Port to Finisterre since 2011. I have been lucky enough to see Santiago a number of times. Some of the accommodation I have stayed in has been great, some not so good. But as a pilgrim, you ask […]

Camino de Santiago Android Phone Apps

Just before I start, I must point out that this post is not for everyone. When it comes to phones or technology in general on the Camino, there are different types of pilgrim. There is the pilgrim who leaves his or her phone at home and wants to get the full Camino experience. There is […]

Weekend Watch #45 – The Camino Song

Mark Shea walked the Camino Frances way back in 2004. His Camino was caught on camera from St. Jean and he was one of the first to post such video on YouTube. His documentary ‘The Way’ has well over a million hits to this day. Just before this New Year, he asked pilgrims to send […]