The Wicklow Way: Highlights
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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.