5 days, 8 days
Duration
Moderate
Difficulty grade
Ireland
Location
March-October
Availability

Convenience – the Wicklow Mountains are just 90 mins from Dublin Airport

Exploring the amazing 6th century monastic village of Glendalough

Hike through the majestic Glenmalure Glacial Valley

Experiencing the famous Irish hospitality at friendly  B&B’s

Combine with a Dublin city-break and sample some Guinness and traditional music in the city’s pubs


The countryside of Ireland is a patchwork of many different landscape types, including several mountainous and upland areas. One of the most spectacular of these is in county Wicklow, just south of Dublin, which despite its proximity to the capital contains many kilometres of wonderfully unspoilt mountain trails, of which The Wicklow Way is the best known.

The Wicklow Way is the oldest marked trail in Ireland, having been opened in 1980. The trail begins in Dublin’s southern suburb of Rathfarnham and travels in a south-south-westerly direction across the Dublin and Wicklow uplands, then through the rolling hill country of southwest County Wicklow to finish in the small, County Carlow village of Clonegal 127 kilometres later. It follows peaceful well-marked trails through unspoilt forests, mountains and glacial valleys, taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the Emerald Isle.

5 DAY TOUR Marlay Park to Glenmalure

From €499 per person sharing

8 DAY TOUR Marlay Park to Clonegal

From €699 per person sharing

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT An additional single supplement charge will apply to walkers booking single accommodation (a room for one person).
ACCOMMODATION The hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs on this trip have been carefully selected for their location, comfort and character. They all offer a warm Irish welcome to walkers, as well as a hearty breakfast to set you up for your day ahead.
AVAILABILITY You can start this trip on any day of the week, subject to availability, between mid-March and mid-October.
INCLUDED
4 or 7 nights bed and breakfast accommodation
comfortable en-suite rooms
Luggage transfers while you walk
Detailed walking notes & maps
GPS tracks
Pre-departure information pack
NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Travel Insurance
Lunches & dinners
Transport to Marlay Park or from Clonegal
OPTIONAL EXTRAS
Accommodation in Dublin at start or end of trip
Additional nights during your trip

A combination of suburban parkland, forest trails, wild and scenic mountain landscape and finally rolling countryside offers a wonderfully varied experience. En route the Wicklow Way passes Ireland’s highest waterfall, numerous mountain lakes, including the tranquil Lough Tay (nicknamed the ‘Guinness Lake’), as well as extensive remains of the early Christian monastic settlement in the beautiful Glendalough valley. The trail is easy to navigate and is suitable for anyone with a good level of fitness.

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Day 1: Marlay Park to Enniskerry

Distance: 20 km | Ascent: 600 m | Time: 6 hrs

The Wicklow Way begins in the lovely surroundings of Marlay Park, in Dublin’s southern suburbs, before ascending through pleasant wooded paths to the open hillsides of the mountains and glens south of Dublin, before crossing into county Wicklow and finally descending into the Glencree Valley.

You will be picked up in Glencree and transferred to your overnight accommodation in the picturesque village of Enniskerry. Be sure to take time out to visit the beautiful Powerscourt House & Gardens.

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Day 2: Enniskerry to Roundwood

Distance: 18 km | Ascent: 500 m | Time: 5 hrs

The day starts with a spectacular view over Powerscourt waterfall (Ireland’s highest waterfall), before continuing across the Glencree Valley, skirting around Djouce Mountain. On a clear day, it is worth climbing to the summit of Djouce (725m) for it’s stunning views of Dublin Bay to the north and the Wicklow Mountains to the south. You will then follow a raised walkway with more fantastic views over the glacial lake of Lough Tay and the Luggala valley.

Your accommodation for the night will be in the charming village of Roundwood.

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Day 3: Roundwood to Glendalough

Distance: 12km | Ascent: 350m | Time: 4hrs

This is a shorter day with time for exploring the serene heart of the Wicklow uplands, located at the junction of four major glacial valleys. It is also worth taking some time to visit the 6th century St. Kevin’s Monastery at Glendalough, which was one of the great centres of learning in early Christian Ireland. Its 30-metre round tower still stands proud today.

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Day 4: Glendalough to Glenmalure

Distance: 14 km | Ascent: 400 m | Time: 4 hrs 30 min

Today’s walk starts off across the floor of the Valley of the Saints, crossing the Glendasan River before continuing past the green waterfall of Poulanass. You will cross the shoulder of Mullacor (657m) before descending into the tranquil Glenmalure Valley, while enjoying the impressive vista of Lugnaquilla (Wicklow’s highest mountain) to the south.

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Day 5: Glenmalure to Moyne*

Distance: 24 km | Ascent: 828 m | Time: 7 hrs

A longer stage, taking you out of the high Wicklow Mountains and into the lower hills of southwest Wicklow. This is a quieter, less visited part of Wicklow. Towards the end of the stage you will have views over the flatter farmland of County Carlow and the Blackstairs Mountains beyond.

*If you have booked the 5 day tour your arrangement comes to an end this morning after breakfast. A short bus transfer will take you to the nearby village of Rathdrum, where you can catch a train to Dublin. We will provide you with full details and timetables.

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Day 6: Moyne to Shillelagh

Distance: 29 km | Ascent: 617 m | Time: 7 hrs

From Moyne, the Wicklow Way follows along open mountainside, peaceful forest trails and grassy lanes through the lush countryside of south County Wicklow, where a colourful array of wild flowers decorates the hedgerows along the way. Celebrate reaching the 100 km mark by enjoying a pint of creamy Guinness in ‘The Dying Cow’.

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Day 7: Shillelagh to Clonegal

Distance: 20 km | Ascent: 430 m | Time: 5 hrs

This final stage is relatively easy going, through undulating, open countryside and cultivated forests. You will pass along the broad valley of the Derry River, before crossing the Wicklow Bridge into County Carlow and on to the terminus of the Wicklow Way opposite the green in the village of Clonegal. Finish with a visit to the 400-year old Huntington Castle or a refreshing pint in Osbourne’s pub – the choice is yours!

A transfer will be arranged to take you to your overnight accommodation in the lively market town of Bunclody.

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Day 8: Departure

There is a regular bus service from Bunclody to Dublin. We will provide you with all the information you will need to get you back to Dublin city or airport.

Getting to Marlay Park

The Wickow Way begins at Marlay Park, in south Dublin. Marlay Park is on Grange Road and is served by Dublin Bus route No.16 from Santry through Dublin city centre (O’Connell Street). A bus stop is conveniently located almost opposite the Park entrance gate.

Getting from Bunclody

A twice-daily Bus Eireann Expressway service runs from Bunclody to Dublin’s city-centre bus station (Busáras). Travel time 2 hrs 30 mins.

Getting from Glenmalure

/ You can either take a taxi or the Wicklow Way Bus to the nearby village of Rathdrum (20 mins approx.)
From Rathdrum you can catch a train to Dublin Connolly Station. Travel time 1 hr 30 mins.
Wicklow Way, Glendalough
Sugarloaf mountain, Wicklow Way
hiking in fog Wicklow Way
Glendalough monastic city
Glenmalure Lodge, Wicklow Way

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