This 5-day self-guided walking tour of the Wicklow way in Ireland’s Ancient East features the most spectacular parts of the route. Starting in Ballyteig and following the route north ending near Enniskerry and Dublin.
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The Wicklow Way is a 131-kilometre (81-mile) long-distance trail that crosses the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland. It runs from Marlay Park in Dublin's southern suburbs through County Wicklow and ends in the village of Clonegal in County Carlow.
Our walking tours follow the route from South to North allowing you to ease into the walks before the more challenging climbs near Dublin.
The Wicklow Way is typically completed in 5–7 days and is one of the busiest of Ireland's National Waymarked Trails, with up to 24,000 people walking the most popular sections of the route.
The trail follows forest tracks, mountain paths, boreens and quiet country roads. The way also passes the Monastic City at Glendalough, founded in the 6th century by Saint Kevin.
Wicklow Way - 5 Day Itinerary
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.
Arrive in Glenmalure
Make your way to your first accommodation inGlenmalure. We will advise you on the best way to travel from your point of arrival.
Glenmalure to Glendalough / Laragh
oday 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.
Hike: Distance 14 km / Duration: 5 hours / Climb (↑) 430m
Glendalough – Lough Tay
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).
Hike: Distance 12km / Duration: 4 – 5 hours / Climb: (↑) 400 (Scarr 700m)
Lough Tay 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.
Hike: Distance 17km / Duration: 4.5–5.5 hours / Climb: (↑) 550
Departure from Enniskerry
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.
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. Bord Failte approves all our accommodation – the Irish Tourist Board or the Northern Ireland Tourism Board and is 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 to look after all your trip details. This allows you to immerse yourself in the Irish landscape and culture completely.
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.
Glenmalure to Glendalough
|Ascent||532 m.||Descent||535 m.|
|Max. Elevation||568 m.||Min. Elevation||135 m.|
Glendalough to Roundwood / Lough Tay
|Ascent||713 m.||Descent||437 m.|
|Max. Elevation||443 m.||Min. Elevation||137 m.|
Lough Tay to Enniskerry / Crone Wood
|Max. Elevation||626m.||Min. Elevation||155m.|
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