A Taste of the Wicklow Way

A Taste of the Wicklow Way information and booking

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$820
  • Duration
    5 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 4 nights B&B
Equipment Required
Walking poles (optional but highly recommended), lunch box, thermos, daypack, hiking boots with good ankle support, wet weather gear. A detailed packing list is provided on confirmation of your booking.

Highlights

  • Magnificent scenery in the hinterland of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city
  • Glendalough, ‘the valley of the two lakes’ where St. Kevin founded a monastery in the 6th century
  • Diverse countryside from the fine country estates of rolling hills to the Wicklow Mountains
  • Traditional Irish hospitality

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Situated on the outskirts of Dublin is County Wicklow, a region of largely uninhabited landscapes and home to a network of unspoilt mountain trails that cut through what is arguably the greenest part of the 'Emerald Isle'. The Wicklow Way has attracted walkers from across the world eager to experience this stunning regions patchwork of landscapes which include country estates, picturesque valleys, heather-covered granite mountains, rolling green hills and tranquil forests. Following a series of way-marked trails, this short walk runs along the eastern escarpment connecting many of the most scenic parts of Wicklow, such as Powerscourt Demesne and Djouce Mountain as well as the jewel of Wicklow, the monastic settlement at Glendalough. At Glendalough there is the option to enjoy one of the most spectacular walks along the Wicklow Way; a steep climb to the Spink viewpoint from where you can gain a bird's eye view of Glendalough as well as appreciate the superb glacial valley below.

What's included

  • 4 full irish breakfasts
  • 4 nights b&b accommodation on a twinshare basis
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • Full walking details and maps
  • 24hr emergency contact number

Itinerary

Day 1 Join Dublin
On arrival at your first accommodation in Dublin, your host will give you your full detailed information pack and also be able to suggest some of the local restaurants for dinner.
Day 2 Walk through Marlay Park to Enniskerry village (18km / 5.5hrs)
You will be transferred/driven by taxi to begin your walk at Marlay Park to the start of the Wicklow Way. You walk through Marlay Park, before rising to cross the Dublin Mountains, enjoying sea and mountain views. Crossing the boundary into County Wicklow and descending into the Glencree Valley, you walk to your accommodation in Enniskerry village. Overnight Enniskerry. Walk details: Max. height: 500m. Some road walking, forest track and mountain path. Can be wet underfoot, boots essential.
Day 3 Walk over White Hill towards Roundwood Village (21km / 7hrs)
Walk back to the Wicklow Way and continue across the Glencree Valley, around the shoulder of Djouce Mountain and over White Hill to finish in the lovely village of Roundwood. This walk takes you past the impressive Powerscourt Waterfall before climbing to walk around Djouce Mountain to your high point for the day on White Hill. As you descend you have glorious views of the spectacular glacial lakes of Lough Tay and Lough Dan. Overnight in Roundwood. Walk details: Max. height: 630m. Forest track, some road walking, mountain path. Some sections can be very wet and boggy, boots essential.
Day 4 Walk to Laragh (12km / 4hrs) and the monastic settlement at Glendalough
Leaving Roundwood, you walk over Paddock Hill to the village of Laragh at the entrance to the valley of Glendalough. Today’s walk takes you around the perimeter of the Barton Estate before crossing Paddock Hill and descending by an old Mass Path to Laragh. You will have time to continue to Glendalough to visit this wonderful monastic settlement, a truly magical place which demands time to enjoy. Overnight in Laragh/Glendalough. Walk details: Max. height: 360m. Some road walking, mountain path and forest track. Boots essential.
Day 5 Trip concludes
Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast. Departure by bus to Dublin - find details on www.buseireann or there is a private bus: St Kevin’s Bus Service. Both bus services to Dublin usually depart every hour.