8-Day Wicklow Way Walking Holiday
8-Day Self-guided Walking Holiday on the Wicklow Way in Ireland’s Ancient East. Includes Baggage transfers!
We offer a variety of walking holidays on the Wicklow Way for walking enthusiasts. These hiking tours take you through the stunning beauty of Wicklow.
8-Day Self Guided Walking Holiday on the Wicklow Way in Ireland’s Ancient East
Wicklow, walking in the Garden of Ireland.
Wicklow is central to Ireland’s Ancient East and is one of Ireland’s top destinations for hillwalking and outdoor enthusiasts. Probably because Wicklow’s landscape is unique; rolling mountains, steep-sided glacial valleys, fast flowing mountain streams, heather clad hills, hidden upland lakes and sandy beaches, etc..
Ireland’s largest national park is in Wicklow, and it contains the biggest mountain area, highest waterfall and is the source of Dublin’s own River Liffey.
When you are not hiking the Wicklow way visit some of Ireland’s most beautiful gardens like Mount Usher and Powerscourt, or visit Glendalough’s 6th-century monastic site and follow in the footsteps of St. Kevin.
Hiking the Wicklow Way
At Walking Holiday Ireland we offer a variety of walking holidays on the Wicklow Way catering to outdoor and walking enthusiasts. These walking tours take you through the stunning beauty of the Wicklow also know as the Garden of Ireland.
J.B Malone pioneered Ireland’s oldest way-marked and accessible walking and hiking trail more than 40 years ago.
Stretching from Clonegal in the south to Marlay Park on the edge of Dublin this 127 km walking route offers some spectacular views.
Including Powerscourt Waterfall, Luggala, Glenmalure and the historical Glendalough and Loch Dan.
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.
Day 1 – Arrival in Tinahely
You will take public transport to your first accommodation in Tinahely. We will gladly provide you with advice and details of public transport and private transfer options.
Day 2 – Tinahely to Iron Bridge
Today’s great hike takes you along pleasant forest tracks, country roads, open mountainside and skirting the village of Moyne to your accommodation in Iron Bridge.
Walking details: Distance 21km / Duration: 4 – 6 hours / Climb (↑) 400m
Day 3 – Iron Bridge 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 13 km / Duration: 3 – 5 hours / Climb (↑) 370m
Day 4 – Glenmalure to Glendalough / Laragh
Today the Wicklow Way takes you out of the Glenmalure Valley with some 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 16 km / Duration: 4 – 6 hours / Climb (↑) 430m
Day 5 – Glendalough – Roundwood
A pleasant but shorter walk taking in some great scenery and Ireland’s highest Village; Roundwood. On a clear day, you can opt to include Scarr Mountain (challenging) or circle one of the reservoirs supplying Dublin City.
Walking Details: Distance 12km / Duration: 3 – 6 hours / Climb: (↑) 400 (Scarr 700m)
Day 6 – Roundwood to Enniskerry
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 founder of this trail, J.B. Malone.
This walk offers great view of Lough Tay and Lough Dan and as you cross the side of Djouce Moutain you will pass Powerscourt with its famous waterfall.
Walking Details: Distance 17km / Duration: 4 – 6 hours / Climb: (↑) 550
Day 7 – Enniskerry to Marlay Park
Your final day on the Wicklow Way via Prince William’s Seat with some superb views over Dublin and 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 20 km / Duration: 5 – 7 hours / Climb: (↑) 570m
After breakfast commence your homeward journey.
This 10-day walking holiday can easily be adjusted, and indeed improved, by considering an extra night, or two.
Option 1: An extra day in Glendalough to take some time to explore the monastic site and great looped walks.
Option 2: Extend your stay, at start or finish, to explore Dublin city.
An excellent walking holiday where we often imagined ourselves in a fairy tale landscape. The walking routes took us past waterfalls, narrow tracks in the woods, quiet country roads and walks along the beautiful Causeway coast. We highly recommend visiting Rathlin Island.
While hiking, you meet very few people along the route, which is nice. The villages where we stayed were buzzing and busier on the coast. The accommodation was excellent with hospitable hosts that were always willing to advise on the best places to eat etc.
In Ballintoy there was a live performance when stayed there which interfered with our sleep, but we booked an extra night to visit Belfast which was a great end to our Holiday.
We booked our walking holiday (group 8 people) through Cliff from Walking Ireland for August 2015. The whole schedule was changed for our group.We included Derry. When we arrived at Belfast Airport the taxibus was outside waiting for us. All the B&B’s were absolutely fabulous. Our luggage was transported for us so all we had to do was walk. We loved the routes, the views and the people. Very friendly and helpful. Even the weather was great. Don’t know if Cliff had anything to do with that.
With 15 nordicwalkers we arrived at the Ballymascanlon Hotel near Dundalk, a very good Hotel in the middle of a Golf course. The whole week we were transferred in a little bus with a private chauffeur. We walked four times (15 – 20 km),with and without Cliff, in the Cooley and Mourne Mountains in Ireland and North-Ireland. One evening we met the real Irish musicians. And we eat in a real Irish steakrestaurant, The last day we visit Dublin, where we stayed in the middle of the town, very nice. All was very good organised bij Cliff
We are already a few days at home and look back on a wonderful time in N. Ireland. The 500 + stunning photos have been downloaded (perhaps one of the reasons for our slow walking pace). All B&Bs were excellent, good beds, nice breakfast, quiet location and very friendly and helpful hosts. It was very special to really meet no one on the Moyle Way to the crossing of the B?? towards Ballycastle forest. We have had 2 wonderful meals in the Anzac restaurant in Ballycastle after two wonderful days walking. The combination of your descriptions and the maps worked perfectly. Also only praise for the B&Bs in Cushendall and Portstewart they were super cozy. The last walk to Portstewart was also brilliant. It was dry but very windy. Yesterday was a magnificent walk with the great views and surroundings. Again, it was a great experience for us, the friendliness and helpfulness of everyone, including yourself, made a great impression on us.
For our Wicklow Way walking tours we advise the following airport(s):
Main Airport: Dublin Airport
Find more travel advise here: Travel to Ireland
This 8-day walking holiday can easily be adjusted, and indeed improved, by considering an extra night, or two.
Option 1: Add 2 more day and walk the Wicklow Way in its entirity!
Option 2: Extend your stay, at start or finish, to explore Dublin city.