Ireland – Wicklow Way (Walking)
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The Wicklow Mountains form a granite chain of hills stretching fifty miles from Dublin to Wexford. The Wicklow Way is the oldest long distance path in Ireland, and follows good tracks and paths alongside rivers, through glens and over hills. This route is ideal for those walking in Ireland for the first time.
We start in Dublin on our journey into the mountains that form a back drop to the city, towards the pretty town of Enniskerry. Our route continues through the Wicklow Mountains National park towards Roundwood, Ireland's highest village! We stay two days here with an option to walk around a lake . We continue towards the beautiful rolling pastoral hills of southern Wicklow to the famous monastic village of Glendalough with the haunting remains of the monastery of St. Kevin with its origins going back to the 6th Century. We have two nights in Glendalough where there are numerous walks to choose from. The last days walk brings us further into the heart of the "Garden of Ireland" to our finish point in Glenmalure...
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Arrive in Dublin
You will be spending your first night in Dublin where we typically stay in a lovely hotel by the harbour in Dun Laoghaire on the outskirts of the city. Dun Laoghaire has the wonderful backdrop of the Dublin mountains where your journey will begin. There are regular trains into the city centre ( 30 minute journey ) but Dun Laoghaire itself is a very attractive place to explore with its harbour and a wide variety of restaurants. Villages such as Dalkey and Blackrock are also very accessible.
Dublin to Enniskerry
You will be picked up at your accommodation and we will bring you to the start of the walk near Marley Park the official start of the Wicklow way. From here you start walking in the Wicklow national park. You will start by taking in the old forest tracks then rising above the tree line to open shrub and grass lands offering fantastic views of the city and the Irish Sea. The walk then goes deeper in to the park after you pass through the glencullen valley. From there you will pass through forest full of bird life with view of the glencree valley.
(18 km, 540m ascent)
Enniskerry to Roundwood
Today is a day to remember! A short transfer to the start of your walk where you will follow the glencree river making your way to the Powerscort waterfall the highest waterfall in Ireland. At 121 meters it is a must see. You will pass over the waterfall and continue towards Djoice Mountain taking in the views of the Irish sea on your left and the high mountains and Loughs to your right. You then follow the small country lanes to Roundwood ( Irelands highest village ) where you will spend two nights.
(18 km, 500 m ascent)
Day in Roundwood
Today you can have a more relaxed day if you wish as you have the option of three different looped walk around the Vartry Reservoir. The loops can be 3.4km to 18km depending on what loops you want to do on the day. The walks around the Reservoir offer the chance to see lots of birdlife and some deer as well. It is a really nice way to spend a day
(3.4km -- 18km, 50m—120m ascent)
Roundwood to Laragh/Glendalough
You start off the day walking on small country lanes. Walk through one Irelands few oak forests. After country lanes you are back in the open hillside with big sky view. You will drop down into the village of Laragh here you will spend two nights
(12km, 350m ascent)
Day in Laragh/Glendalough
There are so many options as you have the chance to explore the famous Glendalough valley, a wide range of 9 different walks to choose from. We really like the spinc trial and it’s marked with white markers. The trail offers you panoramic views of the two Loughs .You can also explore the monastic village and round Tower. Overall Glendalough is one of the most interesting places in all of Ireland.
(3 km, 250 m ascent – 15km 600m ascent)
Laragh to Glenmalur
Leaving Laragh you will walk through Glendalough along the forest tracks you will then cross over to Glenmalur. It is the longest glaciated valleys in Ireland. You will be in the shadow of the highest mountain in Wicklow offering views of the most remote part of the National Park. You will then start to descend into the bottom of the valley in to the tiny mountain village where you will stay in a mountain lodge for your last night. (22 km, 480 m ascent)
After breakfast a transfer to nearby Rathdrum Train station is included in your tour price.
7 Night Tour
* Seven nights accommodation: A mixture of small hotels & guesthouses,
* All breakfast
* Luggage transfer between your accommodation stops
* Full route details with a map of the tour
* Transfer from your accommodation in Dublin to walking start point
* Transfer from Glenmalure to Rathdrum Train Station
* Option for a private transfer back to Dublin city centre / Airport
Supplement €50.00 per person ( based on a minimum of two travelling )
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7 Night Tour
€880.00 per person sharing ( April, May, June, September )
€930.00 per person sharing ( July & August )
Single room supplement €285 (if travelling with others)
Self Guided Tour Information
Tour can start any day from April until October.
Dublin airport is well serviced internationally
The cost of a taxi from Dublin airport into Dublin is approx. €25-40. Alternatively, there is blue coloured Air Coach, departing every 20 minutes from just outside the Arrivals Hall at Dublin Airport, which will take you into Dublin city and Dun Laoghaire. The return ticket costs €16 and the journey should take around 40 minutes.
Typically we stay in Haddington House in Dun Laoghaire with its fabulous location on the coast of the Irish Sea overlooking the bay. The hotel is a short walk to the harbour its a beautiful area to explore.
Enniskerry Inn is nestled in the centre of the picturesque village of Enniskerry. The village is in the foothills of wicklow mountains the Inn reflects this along with a warm and friendly atmosphere.
We are planning to stay in the The Coachhouse Inn
Laragh / Glendalough
We stay in a number of different guesthouses in this wonderful location. Pinewood Lodge is a spacious modern dormer bungalow, situated in a quiet wooded location ( image to the right ) . The relaxing feel and peace of the mountains makes this a place to remember. The Heather House B&B also offers all you need for a perfect stay in this stunning area ( image on left ).
Glenmalure Lodge is situated in the heart of the longest glacial valley in Ireland a friendly, family run business with a cosy pub atmosphere and has lots of old memorabilia, paying homage to the area’s rich and colourful history. Open fires and great food with plenty of good comfortable seating, add to its interesting character and old world charm.