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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.

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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
approx. 19 km
500 m
450 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 h
approx. 20 km
480 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 h
approx. 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 h
approx. 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 h
approx. 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 h
approx. 12 to 20 km
430 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 h
approx. 19 km
620 m
690 m

First the trail leads you on idyllic paths into the valley of Glencullen. Here you can enjoy the view from Fairy Hill over the last stages and over the city of Dublin. Afterwards you descend to Marlay Park, where the walk ends at the Wicklow Way. Bus ride to Dublin city center.

approx. 6 h
approx. 22 km
650 m
720 m
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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
Place of arrival: Clonegal
  Season 1
20.03.2021 - 26.03.2021
10.04.2021 - 07.05.2021
18.09.2021 - 17.10.2021

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Season 2
27.03.2021 - 09.04.2021
08.05.2021 - 17.09.2021

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Wicklow Way, 10 days, IR-COWCD-10X
Base price
1'025.-
1'159.-
Surcharge Single Room 485.- 485.-

Category: country hotels and B&B`s

Season 1
Mar 20, 2021 - Mar 26, 2021
Apr 10, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Sep 18, 2021 - Oct 17, 2021
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Season 2
Mar 27, 2021 - Apr 9, 2021
May 8, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021
täglich
Wicklow Way, 10 days, IR-COWCD-10X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
1'025.-
485.-
1'159.-
485.-

Category: country hotels and B&B`s

Season 1
Mar 20, 2021 - Mar 26, 2021
Apr 10, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Sep 18, 2021 - Oct 17, 2021
Season 2
Mar 27, 2021 - Apr 9, 2021
May 8, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021
Clonegal
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Tinahely
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
55.-
74.-
69.-
84.-
55.-
74.-
69.-
84.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Clonegal
  Season 1
Mar 20, 2021 - Mar 26, 2021
Apr 10, 2021 - May 7, 2021
Sep 18, 2021 - Oct 17, 2021

täglich
Season 2
Mar 27, 2021 - Apr 9, 2021
May 8, 2021 - Sep 17, 2021

täglich
Clonegal
Extra night double room (BB) 55.- 55.-
Extra night single room (BB) 74.- 74.-
Tinahely
Extra night double room (BB) 69.- 69.-
Extra night single room (BB) 84.- 84.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services & information

Services

Included:

  • 9 overnight stays as chosen, 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

Note:

  • Bus ride Marlay Park – Dublin is not included in the price
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
Information

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

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