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Ireland - Wicklow Way

Ireland - Wicklow Way

Degree of difficulty - Moderate

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.

The route runs from south to north beginning in the beautiful rolling pastoral hills of southern Wicklow leading to the grander more mountainous scenery of northern Wicklow. Passing through the famous Glendalough with the haunting remains of the monastery of St. Kevin with its origins going back to the 6th Century. It is fine walk using good tracks to cross the hills. Much of the higher section is through the Wicklow Mountains National Park.

3 Night Tour

Day 1 - Arrival to Rathdrum Depending on your arrival time you may wish to explore Avondale House and Forest Park, the ancestral home of Charles Stewart Parnell. There are many lovely walks and trails to follow through the forest, including an “exotic tree trail”. The house is open to the public.

Day 2 - Rathdrum to Glenmalure Walk through lower Rathdrum across the Avonmore River and past the disused Mill. Join the Avonmore River and follow the good path to the delightful setting of Clara, the smallest village in Ireland for an early picnic lunch. The church was built in 1801 immediately following the 1798 rebellion and is one of the oldest serving chapels outside of Dublin city. Cross the river by the fine bridge that dates to more than 260 years ago. Climb out of the valley along an old boreen (green road) across the side of Kirikee Mountain to join the old “coaching road” with far reaching views across Glenmalure. The glen is the largest and most rugged of the ice - carved Wicklow glens. Join an old road to descend into the glen to Glenmalure. (15 km, 390 m ascent)

Day 3 - Glenmalure to Laragh The route joins the Wicklow Way proper and climbs in serpentines almost to the top of Mullacor Mountain, the highest point on the Wicklow Way, providing glorious views over the rugged glen, Glenmalure. An optional path from the summit takes the walker along a scenic spur above the upper lake of Glendalough before descending to the monastery, or alternatively, the route drops directly to the ruined Monastic settlement with its fine round tower. From the monastery follow paths and tracks over out of the valley and down to the village of Laragh.(17 km, 500m ascent)

7 Night Tour

Day 1 - Travel to Tinahely The Dublin (Departing from Conolly Station) to Rosslare train line runs through Rathdrum to Arklow. All details for the train times and prices are on the website www.irishrail.ie. From Arklow, you will be collected to your accommodation.

Day 2 - Shillelagh to Tinahely You will be dropped in Shillelagh at the start of the day. You then walk through the gently rolling hills of Southern Wicklow to Tinahely along a mixture of green roads, forest tracks and quiet lanes. (12 km, 180 m ascent; or 16.5 km, 350 m ascent)

Day 3 - Tinahely to Moyne Follow green roads and quiet lanes through the rolling pastoral scenery to Moyne. (13.5 km, 350 m ascent)

Day 4 – Moyne to Glenmalure (Drumgoff) Follow forest tracks up out of the gently rolling landscape to the wild and stark mountain scenery of Glenmalure, the largest and most rugged of the ice-carved Wicklow glens. (21.5 km, 570 m ascent)

Day 5 - Glenmalure (Drumgoff) to Laragh Walk up the easy angled tracks above Glenmalure before cutting through the trees almost to the top of Mullacor Mountain. A choice is then made either to walk down through the forest or follow the ridge around the mountain to descend over the upper lake to Glendalough. From Glendalough, you climb out on forest tracks to drop down to the village of Laragh. (17 km, 500 m ascent)

Day 6 - Laragh to Roundwood (Oldbridge) Climb from the village through the forest across the slopes of the mountain, an option will allow you to climb to the summit, then dropping down to the hamlet before following lanes into Roundwood. (8 km, 250 m ascent)

Day 7 – Roundwood (Oldbridge) to Enniskerry Leave the village and join the mountain road to gain the higher ground before branching off to join a good path over the mountains above the Powerscourt estate. You descend from the high slopes through the forest to follow lanes into the village. (22 km, 480 m ascent)

Day 8 - Return home

3 Night Tour

€385 per person sharing

€100.00 single occupancy (single room charge if travelling with others)
€125.00 solo traveller supplement (if travelling alone)
+€20 supplement per person in July & August

7 Night Tour

€740 per person sharing

Single room supplement €225 (if travelling with others)
High season supplement (July/August) +€30 per person
Solo tour supplement €350(if travelling alone)

Tour can start any day from April until October.

Tour Includes

3 Night Tour

  • Three nights accommodation
  • All breakfast
  • Two packed lunches
  • Luggage transfer between your accommodation stops
  • Full route details with a map of the tour

7 Night Tour

  • Seven nights accommodation: A mixture of guesthouses, farmhouses and country homes; all rooms have WC and shower ensuite.
  • All breakfast
  • 6 packed lunches
  • Luggage transfer between your accommodation stops
  • Full route details with a map of the tour

Self Guided Tour Information

Tour can start any day from April until October.


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