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Wicklow Way Hiking Tour – 8 Days
Walking in the Garden of Ireland
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..
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 to 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.
Our 5-Day program starts in Ballyteig, Iron Bridge and ends in Enniskerry. It includes; Glenmalure, Glendalough, Lough Tay and Knockree
Our 10-Day program starts in Bunclody / Clonegall and covers the entire Wicklow Way.
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.
Arrival in TinahelyContinuing 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.
Tinahely to Iron BridgeToday’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
Iron Bridge to GlenmalureThis 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 13.5 km / Duration: 4 – 5 hours / Climb (↑) 370m
Glenmalure to Glendalough / LaraghToday 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 14 km / Duration: 4 – 6 hours / Climb (↑) 430m
Glendalough – Lough TayA 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). Walking Details: Distance 12km / Duration: 4 – 5 hours / Climb: (↑) 400 (Scarr 700m)
Lough Tay to EnniskerryProbably 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: 4.5–5.5 hours / Climb: (↑) 550
Enniskerry to Marlay ParkYour 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
Departure from DublinAfter 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. 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.
Tinahely to Iron Bridge
|Ascent||681 m.||Descent||609 m.|
|Max. Elevation||399 m.||Min. Elevation||93 m.|
Iron Bridge to Glenmalure
|Ascent||523 m.||Descent||558 m.|
|Max. Elevation||516 m.||Min. Elevation||126 m.|
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.|
Enniskerry / Crone Wood to Marlay Park
|Max. Elevation||487m.||Min. Elevation||87m.|
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