Difficulty Rating : 6 Start: Dublin Finish: Glenmalure Daily Average: 15-22km Weekly Average: 94km Tour Type: Short Break,Self Guided,Walking Teaser: The Wicklow Mountains form a granite chain of hills stretching fifty miles from Dublin to Wexford.
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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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Day 1

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.

Day 2

Dublin to Enniskerry (18 km, 540m ascent)

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 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 where we will pick you up and bring you into Enniskerry for the night

Day 3

Enniskerry to Roundwood (18 km, 500 m ascent)

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.

Day 4

Day in Roundwood (3.4km -18km, 50m -120m ascent)

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

Day 5

Roundwood to Laragh/Glendalough (12km, 350m ascent)

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

Day 6

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 which 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 Ireland to visit!

Day 7

Laragh to Glenmalur (22 km, 480 m ascent)

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.

Day 8

Homeward Bound

7 Night Tour
* Seven nights accommodation: A mixture of small hotels & guesthouses,
* All breakfast
* Luggage transfer between your accommodation stops
* Transfer to and from Enniskerry village as per the itinerary
* GPS route details with a map of the tour
* Transfer from your accommodation in Dublin to walking start point
* Transfer from Glenmalure to Dun Laoghaire

* Option for a private transfer back to Dublin city centre / Airport
  Supplement €30.00 per person ( based on a minimum of two travelling )

The route details are sent to you pre tour as GPS files. This typically happens after final payment is received
Accommodation details are sent to you at this time too

As with all our tours there is an emergency number you can phone. All problems are generally very solvable! People you meet en route are generally very helpful too, a good excuse to chat to the locals if needed!

It is no problem to organise your own accommodation in Dublin. There is a reduction of 80.00 per person sharing. However you will have to organise a taxi to the start point in Marley park which would not be included in the tour if you have organised your own accommodation.
Transfer at the end of the tour would still be to Dun Laoghaire

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Wicklow Way 7 Night Tour price 2024
€1005.00 per person sharing ( April, May, June, September )
€1035.00 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 and to Dun Laoghaire is approximately €50. 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.

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