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Hiking the Wicklow Way

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Hiking the Wicklow Way

Crossing the Wicklow Mountains and finishing in Dublin city, the beautiful Wicklow Way is Ireland’s classic hiking trail. Starting in the picturesque village of Clonegal, on the Wexford-Wicklow-Carlow border, The Wicklow Way takes walkers through pretty little Irish country small towns and villages where you can experience authentic Irish hospitality.

Bunclody

Today, you will travel to Bunclody in County Wexford where your accommodation is located in the centre of this lively market town. Bunclody is a small town with roughly 2,000 inhabitants on the Wexford-Carlow border where the rivers Slaney and Clody meet in the valley by the Blackstairs Mountains. At 795m, Mount Leinster is the highest peak, standing sentinel over the valley. Read more

1 Night Bunclody

Shillelagh

6H30 | +661m / -723m / 26km After a hearty breakfast, you will be transferred to the start of The Wicklow Way in pretty Clonegal. For this first section of the route, you will follow the Derry River walking on quiet rural roads, then moving onto mixed forest trails below the summits of Urlands Hill, Moylisha Hill and Raheenakit before reaching Stanakelly crossroads. Here you will find a hidden gem (The Dying Cow/Tallons), a cosy country pub where you can have a light refreshment or a pint of Guinness and enjoy the atmosphere while waiting for a transfer to your accommodation. This is your longest walking day but with very little height gain: a gentle way to ease you into your walking holiday. Read more

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Moyne

4H30 | +313m / -208m / 18km Today you have a shorter day walking The Wicklow Way, to help any achy limbs recover. From the village of Shillelagh, once again you will be walking along winding country roads (boreens), open mountain tracks with fantastic views and forest trails. The mountain trails along Muskeagh Hill will open up awe-inspiring views of this lush countryside. Just off the trail to the left between Ballybeg and Ballycumber Lane, there are the remnants of an old ring fort. Best seen in the satellite view from Google maps before setting off, just so you know what to be looking out for! Read more

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Glenmalure

6H |+657m / -734 m / 21km Today the terrain of The Wicklow Way changes and you will be walking mainly on forest paths. These can be a little more challenging especially if there has been any rainfall in the days prior to your ascent, but that is what makes today's walk all the more rewarding. As you leave Moyne you will start to gain some altitude and you will be amazed by some stunning scenery in the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains. When you walk through Ballyteige forest you will get your first proper glimpse of Lugnaquilla, the tallest mountain in Leinster. Continuing further along the trail to Carrickashane Woods you will reach a clearing with the best view of Lugnaquilla from the South Prism side (a popular area for mountaineers during the winter months as the moisture rich piety soil freezes allowing them to climb it like you would a frozen waterfall in Scotland or The Alps). Moving into the Aghavannagh valley you will enter the evergreen forest on Slieve Mann before descending into the Glenmalure valley, your picturesque home for the evening. Read more

1 Night Glenmalure

Glendalough

3h30 | +450m / -442 m / 14km You will wake up in the U-shaped glacial valley of Glenmalure, which at over 16km is the longest glacial valley in the UK and Ireland. Today is a short walking day, for good reasons. This will allow you to gain altitude in your own time to make the most of the spectacular scenery in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains and it will also allow you some time to explore the world-renowned heritage site of Glendalough, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park and the most important stop along The Wicklow Way. Read more

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Roundwood

3H30 | +661m / -723 m / 15km This is a short and pleasant walking day. You leave the beautiful Glendalough Valley on forest trails as you skirt by the village of Laragh. You can step off The Wicklow Way here if you wish to explore this lively village with a choice of shops, restaurants and bars. From Laragh to Roundwood you will be walking along a mixture of peaceful forest trails, mountain paths and boreens. Read more

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Enniskerry

5H30 |+655m / -746 m / 19km This is a lovely section of The Wicklow Way, taking walkers across the tops of mountains with amazing views of both mountains and the coast. As you leave Old Bridge you will be ascending the ridge around Lough Dan looking down on to the location where the television series Vikings are filmed. Continuing along here you will have the perfect vantage point to view Loch Tay, a dark brown peaty lake, flanked on one side by a white sandy beach, which resembles a pint of Guinness (fittingly this area is owned by the Guinness family). From this point, you will once again head North, through the forest over White Hill and on to the exposed moorland of Djouce Mountain (one of Wicklows best know mountains). As you descend off Djouce you will be able to see the Powerscourt estate and its waterfall, before finishing your walk at your accommodation in the Glencree Valley. Read more

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Dublin City Centre

5H |+546m / -636 m / 22 km Another great day walking The Wicklow Way today over mountain tops and along forest tracks. With the city of Dublin beginning to come into view your destination is within reach. When you arrive at the Cairn (a man-made pile or stack of stones at the top of a mountain) at Two Rock, you can see the whole of Dublin City and Bay in one impressive panoramic vista. From this point, it will be all downhill until you reach the beautiful Georgian estate of Marlay Park where The Wicklow Way finishes. Originally Marlay Park was a walled manor house with over 300 acres of land. It is an idyllic location for a tea or coffee before making your way into Dublin city centre. There are frequent buses to bring you into Dublin city centre from here where you will stay tonight. Consider adding an extra night accommodation if you wish to spend some time exploring the historic city of Dublin. Sample a pint after a tour of the Guinness Store House, view the magnificent book of Kells in Trinity College, be magically transported back in time when you visit the National Museum of Ireland or simply relax strolling Saint Stephens Green. There is always going on in Dublin: theatre, festivals, markets, concerts… we recommend you spend a couple of days to discover this bustling and lively city. Read more

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ACCOMMODATIONS

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Hotel It includes private Standard accommodation, with your private room and en-suite bathroom

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • • Accommodation at the hotels suggested or similar including breakfast.
  • • Luggage transfer on each walking day.
  • • Holiday pack and maps, all rooms en-suite, 24/7 support during your trip and GPS data files.

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers (Airport Transfers on request)

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