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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

In the morning transfer to a small pub north of Tinahely. Here you start the tour at the Wicklow Way and walk through a small fairy forest 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. 5 h
approx. 17 km
470 m
395 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 – 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 Vartry Reservoir. 

approx. 3 – 6 h
approx. 12 – 20 km
425 – 470 m
350 – 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 – 6 h
approx. 19 km
620 m
720 m

The trail first leads you along idyllic paths into the valley of Glencullen. Here you can enjoy the view from Fairy hill over the past stages and the city of Dublin. You then descend to Marlay Park, where the hike at the Wicklow Way comes to an end. Bus ride to the city centre of Dublin. 

approx. 6 h
approx. 22 km
650 m
710 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: Tinahely
  Season 1
23.04.2022 - 20.05.2022
24.09.2022 - 16.10.2022

daily
Season 2
09.04.2022 - 22.04.2022
21.05.2022 - 23.09.2022

daily
Wicklow Way, 8 days, IR-COWTD-08X
Base price
895.-
1'015.-
Surcharge Single Room 419.- 419.-

Category: country hotels and B&B`s

Season 1
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022
daily
Season 2
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022
daily
Wicklow Way, 8 days, IR-COWTD-08X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
895.-
419.-
1'015.-
419.-

Category: country hotels and B&B`s

Season 1
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022
Season 2
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022
Tinahely
Extra night single room (BB)
Extra night double room (BB)
84.-
69.-
84.-
69.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Tinahely
  Season 1
Apr 23, 2022 - May 20, 2022
Sep 24, 2022 - Oct 16, 2022

daily
Season 2
Apr 9, 2022 - Apr 22, 2022
May 21, 2022 - Sep 23, 2022

daily
Tinahely
Extra night single room (BB) 84.- 84.-
Extra night double room (BB) 69.- 69.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services & information

Services

Included:

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

Note:

  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection)
  • 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 the train station Dublin Heuston to Rathdrum by train. From here by bus or taxi to Tinahely (total approx. EUR 25.- to 30.-)
  • From Marlay Park by bus to the city centre of Dublin

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