The Wicklow Way Walk
For a small country, Ireland's countryside has many facets. The western part of Ireland generally receives the greatest acclaim but just to the south of Dublin, lie the Wicklow Mountains. These mountains are a range of heather-clad hills and lush, green vegetation that has provided the county of Wicklow with the nickname the 'Garden of Ireland'. They form the largest upland area in the country, an area of wonderfully rocky foothills, switching from glen to glen through dramatic mountain scenery. Rounded domes of granite are incised by steep lake-filled valleys such as Glendalough and Luggala. It is also an area of charming villages - Enniskerry is generally considered to be one of the prettiest in Ireland. Nearby are the world renowned gardens of Powerscourt and the highest waterfall in the land. Glendalough is noted for the extensive ruins of the 6th century Irish monastery of St. Kevin. This walk follows the best parts of the Wicklow Way. The walking is not difficult and some of the walks can be lengthened or shortened according to your wishes.
Day 1: The tour starts in the village of Tinahely. From Dublin you are recommended to take the scenic train route to Arklow. From Arklow it is a short transfer to your first accommodation, which is in the village of Tinahely.
Day 2: Tinahely to Metal Bridge. 15 kms/9.4 miles. Height Gain: 540m This section of the Wicklow Way takes in some fantastic views of the adjoining counties such as Carlow and Wexford, it also passes through an old Ring Fort or Fairy Fort. The walk finishes in the Ow Valley where you will be picked up and transported to your accommodation.
Day 3: The Ow Valley to Glenmalure. 14 kms/10 miles. Height Gain: 520m This section is mainly on forest track and country road. Not a difficult walk with options to shorten or lengthen the route.
Day 4: Glenmalure to Glendalough.14 kms./10 miles. Height Gain: 450m A superb walk with breathtaking views of the Glenmalure Valley and the Lakes of Glendalough and its 6th Century Monastic City.
Day 5: : Rest day with options to do a section off the trail or visit Glendalough.
Day 6: Glendalough to Roundwood. 10 kms/6.25 miles. Height gain: 250m The walk today is easy with an option to extend it by an extra 7Km. Roundwood is the highest village in Ireland.
Day 7: Roundwood to Enniskerry. 18 kms/11.25 miles. Height Gain: 600m A classic walk, which takes in views of Guinness Estate, Lough Dan and Lough Tay, crosses over Djouce Mountain and alongside the Powerscourt Estate.
Day 8: Depart.
£565 per person based on two people sharing. Single supplement on request.
All accommodation in B & Bs with private facilities is pre-booked, breakfast is supplied each day, maps and route details, luggage transfers daily while you walk.
We will supply you with all details of train/bus timetables to help you reach your starting point at Tinahely (train fare and transfer not included).
Transport to Tinahely, transport from Enniskerry, all meals except breakfast.
Difficulty Of The Walk
Moderately difficult - however this walk can be adapted with transfers to shorten the walk - please ask.
B+B accommodation in guesthouses in rooms with ensuite facilities.
Dublin is the nearest airport - scenic train journey from Dublin (about an hour). Good local bus from Enniskerry back to Dublin.
What To Take
Sturdy walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in rucksack), rucksack/day pack, 1 x water bottle with 1 litre capacity, insect repellent, sun glasses, sun hat, sun block/cream, compass, torch, first-aid kit
When To Go
Mid-April to mid-September. Accommodation will be difficult to obtain on UK national holidays unless booked well in advance (and may require an alteration to the programme).
We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for whatever reason.