Medieval resting-place of the monastery in Glendaloug
Medieval resting-place of the monastery in Glendaloug
Hiker marvels the lush green landscape of Ireland

Hiking Holidays: Wicklow Way

Ireland’s oldest long-distance hiking trail

Ireland’s oldest long-distance hiking trail takes you through the eventful history of Ireland. You start your journey amidst the green hills of Carlow and set off to Marlay Park in the south of Dublin. Friendly hosts welcome you at the end of each stage, music plays in the pubs and an Irish breakfast prepares you for the daily hiking tours. These lead you on scenic paths through the Wicklow Mountain National Park – a small nature paradise near the Irish coast. On clear days your eyes wander across the sea to the coast of Great Britain. The Wicklow Way is a wonderful long-distance hiking trail for anyone who wants to experience Ireland up close.

Itinerary

Comfortable start at the Wicklow Way. First you have to go straight ahead, before the first metres of altitude are done in the Coillte Forest. You continue past numerous farmhouses and up on the Stookeen Hill. From here you have an amazing view on the valley of Clonegal – the «Irish Switzerland».

approx. 5 to 6 h
19
500 m
445 m

The pub «The Dying Cow» offers you some interesting stories after the first kilometres and a welcome oppurtunity for a rest. The Wicklow Way then leads you onto scenic paths at the Muskeagh Hill. A small fairy forest just before Tinahely inspires you to dream before you toast the day with a pint at the market place of this small village.

approx. 6 hours
20 km
475 m
490 m

You leave Tinahely behind and walk back up to Mangan Wood. Past sheep pastures and through small forests today’s tour leads you into the valley of the river Derry. You follow a quiet side road to Sandyford Bridge, where you spend the night on a small farm.

approx. 3 hours
10 km
340 m
220 m

A hike up to the Sheilstown Forest and then down to the Iron Bridge. Today’s destination is the wild valley of Glenmalure. Irish rebels sought refuge in this place for many years, until the English Crown set up a base in the valley to end the rebellion. An old trading station and the ruins of the military barracks still bear witness of this turbulent time.

approx. 6 to 7 hours
25 km
810 m
880 m

Views on the Lugnaquillia Mountain – the highest peak of the Wicklow Mountains – escort you on today’s hike up to the pass of Lugduff Gap. From here you descend into the picturesque valley of Glendalough. For the first christian monks this used to be a place of retreat and prayer for centuries. The Wicklow Way then takes you to the small village of Laragh.

approx. 5 hours
17 km
600 m
600 m

You leave Laragh and walk up to Paddock Hill. The dense forests are soon replaced by an untouched heath landscape in the Wicklow Mountain National Park. The tour then takes you to the Old Bridge and on side roads you will reach the small village of Roundwood. The short stage gives you time for a hike around the reservoirs of the Vaultry Reservoir.

approx. 3 to 6 hours
12 to 20 km
425 to 470 m
350 to 410 m

The royal stage of the Wicklow Way: You soon reach the first lookout point from where you can see nearby Lough Dan. You then enter an open area from where you can see as far as the British coast on clear days. The trail leads you up to the Djouce Mountain and with views on Ireland’s highest waterfall to Crone Forrest, where today’s stage ends.

approx. 5 to 6 hours
19 km
620 m
720 m

Transfer to the fishing harbour Rosroe. This is the start of the ‚Famine Trail’, established during the time of famine in Ireland, in order to facilitate transporting groceries faster inland. Today this narrow trail winds along the coast of the Killary fjord offering spectacular views.

approx. 3 to 4 hours
14 km
130 m
210 m
Walkimg Wicklow Way map

Tour character

A wonderful long-distance hike for everyone. The first stages are mostly flat and are well suited to prepare for the Wicklow Mountains. The tour mostly takes place on well marked trails, forest roads and every once in a while on side roads. For the hike from Roundwood to Eniskerry sure-footedness is required, the remaining stages demand good basic condition.

Prices & dates

All data at a glance
Season 1
Mar 28, 2020 - Apr 3, 2020
Sep 26, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020
every day
Season 2
Apr 18, 2020 - May 15, 2020
Jun 6, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020
Aug 29, 2020 - Sep 25, 2020
every day
Season 3
Apr 4, 2020 - Apr 17, 2020
May 16, 2020 - Jun 5, 2020
Jun 27, 2020 - Aug 28, 2020
every day
Wicklow Way, 10 days, IR-COWCD-10X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
949.-
365.-
1'029.-
365.-
1'079.-
365.-

Category: country hotels and B&B`s

Season 1
Mar 28, 2020 - Apr 3, 2020
Sep 26, 2020 - Oct 11, 2020
Season 2
Apr 18, 2020 - May 15, 2020
Jun 6, 2020 - Jun 26, 2020
Aug 29, 2020 - Sep 25, 2020
Season 3
Apr 4, 2020 - Apr 17, 2020
May 16, 2020 - Jun 5, 2020
Jun 27, 2020 - Aug 28, 2020
Clonegal
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Tinahely
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Roundwood
Extra night single room (BB)
Extra night double room (BB)
Dublin
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
59.-
78.-
69.-
88.-
99.-
69.-
95.-
140.-
59.-
78.-
69.-
88.-
99.-
69.-
95.-
140.-
59.-
78.-
69.-
88.-
99.-
69.-
95.-
140.-

Services & information

Included:

  • 9 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers according to program
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room
  • GPS data available
  • Service hotline

Not included:

  • Bus ride Marlay Park – Dublin.

Arrival / Departure:

  • By plane to Dublin.
  • From Dublin airport with the Citylink bus to the city centre.
  • From Dublin Conolly to Kildavon by bus and transfer to Clonegal (total approx. EUR 20.-)
  • From Marlay Park by bus to the city centre of Dublin.

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price

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