The Wicklow Way - 7 Days

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$1160
  • Duration
    7 days
    Days
  • Group size
    1-15
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 6 nights guesthouses/B&B's

Highlights

  • Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Lough Tay and Powerscourt Waterfall
  • 6th century Monastic City
  • The Guinness Estate and Enniskerry
  • City sights of Dublin

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The Wicklow Way is Ireland's oldest waymarked trail, pioneered by a famous hill walker, J.B Malone over 40 years ago and reveals some of Irelands finest views; Powerscourt Waterfall, Luggala, Loch Dan, Glenmalure and historical Glendalough. The trail extends from Marlay Park in Dublin to Clonegal on the borders of Wicklow and Carlow covering a distance of 127 kilometres (79 miles). The way winds through the Wicklow Mountains, one of the country's most spectacular upland areas. The Wicklow Way explores unspoilt trails, remote scenery, lakes, glacial valleys, forests and gentle farmland. Starting in southwest County Wicklow the route passes through rural communities, old market towns and grand estates on its way to the bright lights of Dublin. The starting place for this walk is the beautiful village of Tinahely. Take a look at the historic market building, courthouse and shops as well as getting a flavour of the local hospitality in the pub and restaurant. Quiet roads, forest trails and open mountainsides, with views back towards Clonegal and across the neighbouring counties of Carlow and Wexford, lead to Moyne and on to the most dramatic stages of the walk. A magnificent day's walk includes the spectacular Ow valley that passes below Wicklow's highest mountain, Lugnaquilla (925m), and along the 16km long glaciated Glenmalure Valley. This walk ends at the scattering of houses and splendid inn that make up Glenmalure hamlet. If climbing out of the Glenmalure Valley doesn't literally take your breath away then the fantastic views and the Glenmalure Waterfall probably will. Cross Mullacor Mountain and walk into Glendalough, 'the valley of two lakes' and site of a monastic settlement (from the 6th to the 13th century) for a little sightseeing. A short vehicle transfer gets us underway on the road to Roundwood, which claims to be Ireland's highest village. The Penultimate day's walk to the charming village of Enniskerry is a mini classic with views of Lough Dan and Lough Tay. At the head of the valley is the Guinness family estate and later in the day enjoy views of Powerscourt Waterfall, the longest in the country. The last walk goes over Prince William's Seat for views across the city of Dublin, now in striking distance for some afternoon sightseeing and a lively evening in the city centre or one of its many fine restaurants.Whether you choose the 7 or 9 day itinerary, we book your accommodation and take care of your luggage, supply you with maps, route details, a cell/mobile phone and a full back up service, leaving you to simply enjoy the scenery, splendor and solitude of the Wicklow landscape. Like the rest of our self-guided tours, the Wicklow Way can be tailored to suit you with extra nights at any location. Our itinerary is from south to north but can be reversed if it suits you better. The reason we have the trip designed this way is that you have all your travelling over in the first day, and when you finish your tour you are approx 45 minutes by bus from Dublin city centre.

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 nights accommodation in guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Emergency hotline

Itinerary

Day 1 Commence Tinahely
From Dublin, take the train or bus to Rathdrum. You will be picked up at the station and transported to Tinahely. Transport time from Dublin to Rathdrum is approximately 1hr 30 minutes.
Day 2 Tinahely to Moyne (12km, height gain 540m)
This section of the Wicklow Way takes in some fantastic views of the adjoining counties like Carlow and Wexford; it also passes through an old Ring Fort or Fairy Fort. The walk finishes in the Ow Valley where you will be picked up and transported to your accommodation in Moyne.
Day 3 The Iron Bridge to Glenmalure (21km, height gain 230m)
A very beautiful section of the Wicklow Way, that winds you through forest trails and into two spectacular valleys, the Ow Valley and the Glenmalure Valley. The Ow Valley lies at the base of Wicklow's largest Mountain; Lugnaquilla standing at 925m. The Glenmalure Valley is Ireland's longest glacier valley that stretches for over 16km, this peaceful valley will be the perfect place for you to spend the night.
Day 4 Glenmalure to Glendalough/Laragh (14km, height gain 450m)
The trail takes you steadily up out of the valley and as you climb, the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the famous Glenmalure Waterfall will simply take your breath away. The trail crosses the side of Mullacor Mountain and into the valley of Glendalough the valley of two lakes. Glendalough is famous for its 6th Century Monastic Settlement, which you will be able to visit on your way.
Day 5 Glendalough/Laragh to Enniskerry (18km, height gain 600m)
From Glendalough/Laragh short transfer to Roundwood (the highest village in Ireland) and walk to Enniskerry. One of the longest walks but a classic, it takes in views of Guinness Estate, Lough Dan and Lough Tay, crosses over Djouce Mountain and alongside the Powerscourt Estate. Your day ends in the picturesque village of Enniskerry, which is situated on the doorstep of Dublin.
Day 6 Enniskerry to Marlay Park Dublin (17km, height gain 150m)
The last section takes you over Prince William's Seat where you will have stunning views over most of Dublin City, the Irish Sea and your final views back into the Wicklow Hills. Your trip finishes on a splendid trail that leads you into Marlay Park
Day 7 End of tour
After a hearty breakfast you can take a bus from just outside of your accommodation for the 45-minute journey back to Dublin City or the airport.