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Walking the Wicklow Way

Wicklow is the largest mountainous region in Ireland and lies south of the capital, Dublin. The region offers some of the best walking in Ireland. The Wicklow Way, Ireland’s longest established hiking trail is 127km long and ascends some 3,200 meters along its journey. The way can be walked in sections over a few days or with a week or more it can be walked in its entirety. Highlights include Powerscourt, Enniskerry, breathtaking views over Lough Tay and Lough Dan, looking down on the highest waterfall in the country and Glendalough, the fifth century monastic city situated in the most beautiful valley in the Ireland.

OUR WICKLOW WAY WALKING HOLIDAYS NIGHTS DISTANCE ASCENT DIFFICULTY
Wicklow Way Four Days 3 45km 1,250m Moderate
Wicklow Way Five Days 4 59km 1,700m Moderate
Wicklow Way Six Days 5 76km 2,050m Moderate
Wicklow Way One Week 6 88Km 2,250m Moderate
Wicklow Way Nine Days 8 133km 3,300m Moderate

Our Self Guided Walking Holidays

We look after all the aspects of your walking holiday so that you can relax and take in the beauty of the countryside around you. We will meet you at Dublin airport and bring you to your first night's guesthouse in Wicklow. Through years of experience we have selected the best places to stay along the Wicklow Way. Each day we also transport you luggage between the guesthouses. A full Irish breakfast is provided each morning in addition to a packed lunch. On your final day we will meet you at your guesthouse and bring you to Rathdrum where you can catch the direct train back to Dublin (or Bunclody Bus Station if on the nine day holiday).

 

We also supply you with the best walking notes, maps and guidebooks to make sure you get the most from your visit. On evenings where there is no restaurant nearby we also provide an evening meal. Also supplied is a cell phone that has the best coverage in the Wicklow Mountains and we are only a phone call away should you require backup or support during your trek.

Our holidays range from four to nine days and you can view an itinerary of each walking tour here: Four Days Wicklow Way, Five Days Wicklow Way, Six Days Wicklow Way, One Week Wicklow Way and The Entire Wicklow Way.

Hiking the Wicklow Way The Wicklow Way begins in Marley Park at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains and quickly climbs into the granite mountains and sheltered glens of north Wicklow. The trail runs along a ridge above Ireland’s tallest waterfall and passing along the heather clad shoulder of Djouce reaches its highest point of 630m at White Hill. Soon after the way overlooks the Lakes of Lough Dan and Lough Tay and passes close to the Roundwood, the highest village in Ireland. Continuing south it arrives at the Monastic Settlement of Glendalough, situated in one of most beautiful valleys in Ireland. Click here for map of Enniskerry to Glendalough (280kb File)

 After the waterfalls and oak woodlands of the national park, it climbs the shoulder of Mullacor mountain descending into the Glenmalure Valley, the largest glacial valley in the British isles. After crossing the Ow river it approaches the rolling hills of Ballygobban, Sheilstown, Ballycumber and Garryhoe. Beyond Tinahealy, it meanders round lush farmlands before finishing in the picturesque village of Clonegal. Click here for map of Glendalough to Tinahely (205kb File)

Wildlife along the Wicklow Way

Many animals call Wicklow home including deer, hare, goat, red squirrel, badger, fox and rabbit. Oak, beech, larch, chestnut and elder trees can be seen throughout the uplands. The county is home to many birds including ravens, merlins, and peregrine falcons. Smaller birds include the robin, skylark and thrush as well as the red grouse which breeds in the heather clad areas of the mountains. Hedgerows along the way support a rich variety of flora including hawthorn and blackthorn which encourage climbers such as honeysuckle and clematis while wild flowers such as wild violet, purple foxglove and yellow primrose abound.

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