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The Wicklow Way Hiking Trail

Walking in the Garden of Ireland

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The Wicklow Way 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..

Hikers on Wicklow Way Walking trail, Ireland

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

5 Day Walking Holiday Program:

  • Day 1 Arrive in Rathdrum
  • Day 2 Glenmalure to Glendalough/Laragh. Hike 16 km
  • Day 3 Laragh to Roundwood. Hike 12km
  • Day 4 Roundwood to Enniskerry. Hike 17km
  • Day 5 Departure from Enniskerry

8 Day Program:

  • Day 1 Arrive in Tinahely
  • Day 2 Tinahely to Ironbridge. Hike: 21km
  • Day 3 Ironbridge to Glenmalure. Hike 13km
  • Day 4 Glenmalure to Glendalough/Laragh. Hike 16 km
  • Day 5 Glendalough to Roundwood. Hike 12km
  • Day 6 Roundwood to Enniskerry. Hike 17km
  • Day 7 Enniskerry to Marlay Park. Hike 20km
  • Day 8 Departure

Some great Options:

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.

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 Bunclody / Clonegal

You will take public transport to your first accommodation in the area of Bunclody / Clonegal. We will gladly provide you with advice and details of public transport and private transfer options.

Day 2

Clonegal to Shillelagh

On your first day Hiking the Wicklow way you follow the trail along quiet back-country roads and forestry lanes. Your accommodation for the 2nd night is in the 17th-century village of Shillelagh which lends its name to the Black-Hawthorne fighting stick “The Shillelagh.”Walking details: Distance 21 km / Duration 4.5 – 5.5 hrs / Climb (↑) 280m / Backcountry roads and forest tracks.

Day 3

Shillelagh to Tinahely

Continuing along quiet country lanes, you will pass St. Finian’s Church into Muskeagh Woods and along an old boreen to your accommodation outside Tinahely Village.Walking details: Distance 15 km / Duration 4.5 – 5.5 hrs / Climb (↑) 200m / Backcountry roads and forest tracks.

Day 4

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 5

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 6

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 7

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 8

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 views 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 9

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

Day 10

Departure

After breakfast commence your homeward journey.
  •  Carefully selected B&B accommodation
  •  Baggage transfers on walking days
  •  24/7 local emergency contact
  •  Local advice on places to visit and where to eat
  •  Full pre-departure info to allow you to prepare for your walking holiday
  •  Extra night(s) accommodation booked on request
  •  Flights
  •  Travel & Baggage insurance
  •  Evening Meals
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  • Pricing Name: 5 days / 4 nights
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    price: € 449 /Person
  • Pricing Name: 8 days / 7 nights
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    price: € 749 /Person
  • Pricing Name: 10 days / 9 nights
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    price: € 889 /Person