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Discover the Best of Wicklow on our 8-Day Wicklow Way Hiking Tour.

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with our 8-day Wicklow Way Hiking Tour of the breathtaking Wicklow Way.

This 130-kilometre long-distance trail takes you through the stunning landscapes of the Wicklow Mountains, with spectacular views and amazing hikes that will leave you feeling exhilarated. Our self-guided tours follow the route from South to North, allowing you to ease into the walks before tackling the more challenging climbs near Dublin.

You'll pass through forests, mountain paths, and quiet country roads, taking in the area's natural beauty and cultural landmarks. Highlights include the historic St. Kevin's Monastic Site at Glendalough, founded by Saint Kevin in the 6th century.

  • Embark on an 8-day adventure through the stunning landscapes of the Wicklow Mountains
  • Self-guided tours with knowledgeable local hosts
  • Comfortable accommodation to rest and recharge
  • Experience the cultural landmark of the Monastic Site at Glendalough
  • Up-to-date travel notes and maps will guide you from Inn to Inn.
  • Baggage transfers on walking days

With comfortable accommodations, expert local guides, and tailored tours to fit your fitness level, this is the ultimate way to discover the best of Wicklow. Take advantage of this unforgettable adventure - book now!

We also offer a Five-day Wicklow Way Hiking Tour, which is ideal in combination with a Dublin City Trip.

Wicklow Way Hiking Tour - 8 Days

Self-guided walking holiday with Bed & Breakfast accommodation and baggage transfer.

Options:

  • Airport transfers
  • Extra night in Glendalough
  • Extra night in Dublin

Note: Our walking holiday’s on the Wicklow Way run from south to north to allow a gradual start before the walks become more challenging. Should you prefer, however, we are happy to organise it from north to south.

Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival in Tinahely, Aughrim

Make your way to your first accommodation in Tinahely. We will advise you on the best way to travel from your point of arrival.

Day 2

Shillelagh to Moyne

A short transfer from your accommodation brings you to your first stage on the Wicklow Way. This great hike takes you along pleasant forest tracks, country roads, and open mountainsides and skirting the village of Moyne to your next accommodation.
Walking details: Distance 16km / Duration: 4h / Climb (↑) 370m

Day 3

Moyne to Glenmalure

This beautiful section of the Wicklow way starts with a climb from the Ow River Valley you will get close to the summit of Carrickashane Mountain before descending into the beautiful Glenmalure valley. The Ow Valley lies at the base of Lugnaquillia (Wicklow’s largest mountain standing at 925 m ). The Glenmalure Valley is Ireland’s longest glacier valley stretching 16 km.

Walking details: Distance 23 km / Duration: 6 hours / Climb (↑) 795m

Day 4

Glenmalure to Glendalough, Laragh

Today, the Wicklow Way takes you out of the Glenmalure Valley, where you will have fantastic views of the famous Glenmalure waterfall. You will cross Mullacor Mountain and slowly descend into Glendalough (Valley of 2 lakes), with its 6th-century Monastic site. You will stay in Glendalough or Laragh.
Walking details: Distance 17 km / Duration: 5 – 6 hours / Climb (↑) 521m

Day 5

Glendalough – Lough Tay

The Wicklow Way from Glendalough to Lough Tay offers a stunning hike through lush forests, scenic valleys, and panoramic viewpoints. Highlights include the serene Glendalough lakes and the striking vistas over the dark waters of Lough Tay. If accommodation near Lough Tay is not available the route will end in Roundwood Village.
Hike: Distance 20 km / Duration: 5-6 hours / Climb: (↑) 651

Day 6

Lough Tay to Crone Wood, Enniskerry

This is probably the most famous section of the Wicklow Way, thanks to films such as Brave Heart, King Arthur, and Dancing at Lughnasa. Today, you will pass a memorial dedicated to the trail's founder, J.B. Malone. This walk offers excellent views of Lough Tay and Lough Dan. As you cross the side of Djouce Moutain, you will pass Powerscourt, with its famous waterfall.

Walking Details: Distance 17km / Duration: 4.5–5.5 hours / Climb: (↑) 410

Day 7

Enniskerry to Marlay Park

This is your final day on the Wicklow Way via Prince William’s Seat, with superb views over Dublin, Dublin Bay, and the Irish Sea. Look over your shoulder one last time with memories of an outstanding walking experience before descending into Marlay Park.

Walking details: Distance 22 km / Duration: 6 – 7 hours / Climb: (↑) 605m

Day 8

Departure from Dublin

After breakfast commence your homeward journey.
Please let us know if you would like to book an additional night or two to visit Dublin's Fair City.

What’s included in our Walking holidays?

  • Carefully selected family-run and welcoming  B&B accommodation.
  • Comfortable en-suite bedrooms.*
  • A full Irish breakfast to keep your engines running.
  • Complimentary luggage transfers.
  • Detailed maps and route notes so you never get lost.
  • Local advice on places to visit and where to eat.**
  • Full pre-departure info to allow you to prepare for your walking holiday.
  • Waterproof map case to keep your documents dry.
  • Extra night(s) accommodation booked on request.
  • Need information on local transport options? We’re happy to assist!
  • 24/7 local emergency contact.

What’s not included?

  • Your flights
  • Travel and baggage insurance
  • Lunches / Evening meals

* Unless already booked out in which case we’ll try to secure a private bathroom.

** You will have the opportunity to purchase picnic lunches and evening meals each day. If you are staying in a remote location, the B&B owner will prepare a tasty surprise for you upon request.

Accommodation

During your self-guided walking holiday in Ireland, you will be accommodated in local family-run guesthouses (B&Bs) or small family-run hotels, where you will encounter a friendly welcome and homely comfort. All our accommodation is approved by Bord Failte – the Irish Tourist Board or the Northern Ireland Tourism Board and are at least 3 stars. Rooms are twin, double or triple en-suite and single rooms are also available on request.

Need anything else?

At Walking Holiday Ireland we pride ourselves in providing a unique experience where we look after all the details of your trip. This allows you to completely immerse yourself in the Irish landscape and culture. Please do not hesitate to contacts us should you have any additional requirements or needs and we will endeavour to provide these to our best ability.

The Wicklow Way Trail map




 

Although a lot of guides indicated the Wicklow way running from north to south at Walking Holiday Ireland our tours run from south to north. We do this because the southern Wicklow mountains are lower and therefore the walks only get a little harder as we near Dublin.

Please note that decent waterproof hiking boots are a must as part of the track can be muddy and wet. The terrain and trail are well maintained by volunteers but some areas can be a little bit tricky depending on weather conditions.

The Walks

Tinahely to Iron Bridge

Length21 km  
Ascent681 m.Descent609 m.
Max. Elevation399 m.Min. Elevation93 m.

Glenmalure to Glendalough

Length14 km  
Ascent532 m.Descent535 m.
Max. Elevation568 m.Min. Elevation135 m.

Lough Tay to Enniskerry / Crone Wood

Length11 km  
Ascent315m.Descent599m.
Max. Elevation626m.Min. Elevation155m.

Iron Bridge to Glenmalure

Length13 km  
Ascent523 m.Descent558 m.
Max. Elevation516 m.Min. Elevation126 m.

Glendalough to Roundwood

Length16 km  
Ascent713 m.Descent437 m.
Max. Elevation443 m.Min. Elevation137 m.

Enniskerry / Crone Wood to Marlay Park

Length22 km  
Ascent667m.Descent737m.
Max. Elevation487m.Min. Elevation87m.

There are a lot of places where it would be worthwhile to stay an extra night to explore more in the area. We can also book extra nights for you at your tour's start or end. Some of these options can be booked directly on our booking form. Please email us, and we will happily inform you of some available options.

When you book your holiday with us we will send you a full document with all the necessities, and more! Good hiking boots and clothes that can withstand the odd shower are necessary. We hope to have a document for you to download directly available shortly.

We have listed a few essentials that you will have to bring along and when you make your booking we will send you out a full list of essentials.

Comfortable waterproof walking Boots
Waterproof jacket & over trousers
Waterproof map case
Backpack, lined with plastic bag
Gaiters
Walking poles (It may be possible to provide these locally if requested)
Thick socks / hat / gloves
Water bottle & lunch box
Small torch
First aid
Sunscreen / Insect repellent
Compass / GPS device
and for that special moment, your camera

You will be accommodated in family-run guesthouses (B&Bs) or small family-run hotels, where you will encounter a friendly welcome and homely comfort. All our accommodations are approved by Bord Failte and the Irish Tourist Board or the Northern Ireland Tourism Board and are at least 3 stars. Rooms are twin, double or triple en-suite and single rooms are available on request. If an en-suite room is unavailable, you will be advised beforehand.

You are strongly advised to obtain insurance coverage for personal accidents, cancellation charges, medical expenses, loss of money or baggage, travel and personal liability when participating in any of our tours. Walking Holiday Ireland or its servants or agents cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to your baggage, or any illness or injury while on our tours. We also cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage resulting from circumstances beyond our control. 

Pick the tour you want to join and fill out the online booking form. Within a few days, you will receive confirmation of your booking. When we receive a deposit of 15% to secure the booking we will start putting everything together for you. The final payment is due six weeks before the start of the tour, and you will receive all information on your tour no less than 2 weeks before arrival.

No, that’s not the case! The dominant influence on Ireland’s climate is the Atlantic Ocean. Consequently, Ireland does not suffer from the extremes of temperature experienced by many other countries at similar latitudes. The average annual temperature is about 9 °C. In the middle and east of the country, temperatures tend to be somewhat more extreme than in other parts of the country. For example, the summer means the daily maximum is about 19 °C, and the winter means the daily minimum is about 2.5 °C in these areas. Look at our Irish weather page for more detailed information about the weather in the region where you will be walking.

  1. Francis-Paul Janssen:

    Great trip on the Wicklow Way. Beautiful routes, well marked, and easy to follow via the outdoor active app. Cliff (and the team) were very quick to answer (incidental) questions via WhatsApp. Even requests for help with walking sticks could be quickly arranged and resolved
    All in all a nice trip, definitely recommended.

  2. Saskia Van Asten:

    Prachtige vakantie in Ierland
    Prachtige, pittige wandelvakantie gehad met partner. De hotels/b&b’s waren super goed. Alles was goed geregeld en bij twijfel over het ophalen van de koffer, konden we snel even appen met Cliff. De bagage was goed geregeld dmv van vervoer naar hotels en onze eigen transfers naar en van ophaalpunt ook. Helemaal top!
    Waarom geen 5 sterren: 1 accommodatie vonden wij wat minder, maar dat kan een ander weer een geweldige hostel vinden. Alles was perfect verzorgd.

    • Walking Holiday Ireland:

      Hallo Saskia, Bedankt voor je feedback en fijn om te horen dat je een fijne vakantie hebt gehad.
      Tot de volgende keer!

  3. C SCHOUWENAARS:

    Magnificent

    Had a wonderful week in Ireland. Beautiful walks.

    C SCHOUWERS – travel period July 2019

  4. S VAN VLAANDEREN:

    Countryside walks

    Never been to Ireland but why would you go there? Only for the Whiskey and the Guinness? No, but what is? Just try, we thought. The beautiful countryside, the friendly people, cosy pubs and it is wonderfully quiet and people pay attention to each other. It was all great!

    S VAN FLANDERS – travel period July 2019

  5. L HUIJSMANS:

    Erg genoten

    Prachtige omgeving, goed weer en fijne accomodaties. Behalve de laatste…

    L HUIJSMANS – reisperiode juli 2019

  6. C VAN DIJK:

    Prachtige reis

    Je kunt volop genieten van de vakantie, alles is geregeld.

    C VAN DIJK – reisperiode juli 2019

  7. M BREMAN:

    Prachtige reis in een prachtige omgeving.

    Alles prima geregeld, ook de transfers. De routebeschrijvingen naar de slaaplocaties hadden wel uitgebreider gemogen. het is vervelend aan het eind van een lange wandeltocht nog te moeten zoeken naar de slaaplocatie. De laatste wandeldag was te lang, veel kilometers en veel stijgen en dalen.

    M BREMAN – reisperiode augustus 2019

  8. J WOLFS:

    Prachtige wandelvakantie
    J WOLFS – reisperiode september 2019
    Prima verzorgde reis met een prachtige wandelroute, welke prima is aangegeven. De algemene toelichting bij de tocht en in enkele gevallen de ligging en routes naar B&B’ s is wel een verbeterpunt.

    J WOLFS

  9. Johan Vounckx, Belgium:

    What a beautiful hikes and get these beautiful views, wonderful just a must!

    Thanks, Johan

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