5 days
Duration
Moderate
Difficulty
Ireland
Location
March-October
Availability

Walk the well-marked trails of the Wicklow Way through the ‘Garden of Irealand’

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 Wicklow Way

5-day self guided walking holiday from Marlay Park to Glenmalure

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 Marlay Park, in Dublin’s southern suburbs. It climbs quickly into the Dublin mountains, offering wonderful views over Dublin Bay, before continuing south through the pine forests and glacial valleys of the Wicklow mountains.

Our 5-day itinerary covers the northern part of the Wicklow Way, which is by far the more scenic and rewarding section. You will pass by Ireland’s highest waterfall at Powerscourt, before continuing past 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. Your walk finishes at the idyllic Glenmalure Lodge in the heart of Ireland’s longest glacial valley. You return to Dublin by train from the nearby town of Rathdrum.

5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS From €499 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 nights bed and breakfast accommodation with en-suite rooms
4 breakfasts
Taxi transfer from Curtlestown Wood – Enniskerry on day 1
Taxi transfer from Enniskerry – Curtlestown Wood on day 2
Luggage transfers while you walk
Detailed walking notes & maps
GPS tracks
NOT INCLUDED
Flights
Travel Insurance
Lunches & dinners
Transport to Marlay Park or from Glenmalure/Rathdrum
OPTIONAL EXTRAS
Accommodation in Dublin at start or end of trip
Additional nights during your trip
DIFFICULTY  The trail is easy to navigate and is suitable for anyone with a good level of fitness.
1

Day 1: Marlay Park to Curtlestown Wood

Distance: 17 km | Ascent: 613 m | Descent: 448 m |Time: 5 hrs approx.

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 at the Curtlestown Wood car park 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.

Overnight: Enniskerry

2

Day 2: Curtlestown Wood to Roundwood

Distance: 24 km | Ascent: 691 m | Descent: 712 m | Time: 6 hrs approx.

Beginning where you left off yesterday, along quiet country lanes and forest paths, before descending to follow the path of the tranquil Glencree River. Then, climbing away from the river, you will enjoy views 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 its 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.

The last section is along a quiet country road to the charming village of Roundwood, where you will find your accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Roundwood

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Day 3: Roundwood to Laragh/Glendalough

Distance: 11km | Ascent: 295 m | Descent: 330 m |Time: 3 hrs approx.

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.

Overnight: Laragh

4

Day 4: Glendalough to Glenmalure

Distance: 16 km | Ascent: 520 m | Descent: 570 m | Time: 5 hrs approx.

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.

Overnight: Glenmalure/Rathdrum

5

Day 5: Departure

Your Wicklow Way walking holiday comes to an end after breakfast this morning. If staying in Glenmalure Lodge, you can take either the Wicklow Way Bus or a taxi to nearby Rathdrum for a direct train back 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 Glenmalure

/ You can either take a taxi or the Wicklow Way Bus to the nearby village of Rathdrum (20 mins approx.). We can arrange your taxi, but it must be paid locally in cash (€15 approx.).
From Rathdrum you can catch a train to Dublin Connolly Station. Travel time 1 hr 30 mins.
Glendalough, Wicklow Way
The view back towards Dublin as you begin to climb into the mountains on the Wicklow Way
Hikers and dog at the Fairy Castle on Two Rock Mountain
The Wicklow Way crossing from County Dublin into County Wicklow
The Wicklow Way hiking trail with view to the Sugarloaf
Grazing horse in front of the Sugarloaf Mountain, Wicklow
The gardens at Powerscourt House, Enniskerry
Powerscourt Waterfall
Walking in thick fog over Mount Djouce on the Wicklow Way
View over Lough Tay, the 'Guinness Lake'
Taking a break above Lough Tay on the Wicklow Way
Boardwalk in Ballinastoe Woods on the Wicklow Way
Hiking on the Wicklow Way towards Glendalough
The round tower of Glendalough on the Wicklow Way
St. Kevin's Church, Glendalough
View over the upper lake at Glendalough
Glendalough Valley in the Wicklow Mountains
Waymarking on the Wicklow Way
Hiking on the boardwalk over Mullacor saddle
View of Carrawaystick Waterfall on the Wicklow Way
Glenmalure Lodge, Wicklow Way

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