After a career spanning almost four decades working in many leadership roles at a senior level in Ulster Bank, Brian left in 2012 and set up FLAVOUR OF THE CAMINO.
From a young age, one of Brian’s passions has been hill-walking, and over the years he has hiked all over Europe, as well as in Ireland. As a result of his involvement in the scouting movement where he was a leader for 15 years, and more recently, his work with FLAVOUR OF THE CAMINO, he has extensive experience of organising trips abroad which involve leading groups of people across a wide variety of terrains.
He first undertook some of the Camino De Santiago in 2005, and returned to Spain on ten occasions between 2005 and 2013 to walk additional sections of it. During this time he walked the full 800km of The Camino twice, once with his brother, and once with his wife Alison. On each occasion he undertook the walk over a number of trips and on each occasion also, after he completed the final section which arrives into Santiago, he continued on to complete the further walk from Santiago to Finisterre, 90km or so to the west on the coast of north western Spain.
In 2014 Brian and Alison returned to Spain to tackle their long held ambition – to walk the full distance of approximately 900km along the Camino de Santiago including walking out to Finisterre, but on this occasion to do it all in one go. So, starting in St Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees on 19th August 2014, they achieved their goal, walking into Finisterre on the Atlantic coast of Spain, on 4th October 2014. Brian and Alison described their experiences on this trip as the “greatest adventure of our lives”.
In August 2015 Brian and Alison once again set out to walk to Santiago. But this time they started in Porto on the west coast of Portugal. Walking the Camino Portugues, they completed the 245km from Porto to Santiago in 13 days. Once again they loved their experience, but still feel that the Camino Frances, (the walk from St Jean Pied de Port in France, to Santiago), is the best ‘Camino de Santiago’
Separate to his walking trips, Brian has also travelled extensively in the Navarra and Rioja regions exploring the towns and villages through which the Camino passes, and establishing a wide network of contacts throughout this area in preparation for the birth of his new business, ‘Flavour of The Camino’.
Brian experienced so much pleasure undertaking the Camino over the years, that he always wanted to share this with others. It is for this reason that FLAVOUR OF THE CAMINO was set up. As he said himself at the launch of the business in 2013, “I will measure the success of my business by the number of happy faces I see each evening”. It has been said by many that Brian’s enthusiasm for the Camino is infectious, and this allied to excellent organisational and leadership qualities for which he was renowned in his previous career, ensures that those who accompany him as they walk across Spain, have a truly remarkable experience.