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The Wicklow Way

The Wicklow Way

Trip Highlights

  • Wicklow Mountains National Park
  • Lough Tay and Powerscourt Waterfall
  • 6th century Monastic City
  • The Guinness Estate and Enniskerry
  • City sights of Dublin

Trip Summary

The Wicklow Way is Ireland's oldest waymarked trail, pioneered by a famous hill walker, J.B Malone over 40 years ago and reveals some of Irelands finest views; Powerscourt Waterfall, Luggala, Loch Dan, Glenmalure and historical Glendalough. The trail extends from Marlay Park in Dublin to Clonegal on the borders of Wicklow and Carlow covering a distance of 127 kilometres (79 miles). The way winds through the Wicklow Mountains, one of the country's most spectacular upland areas. The Wicklow Way explores unspoilt trails, remote scenery, lakes, glacial valleys, forests and gentle farmland. Starting in southwest County Wicklow the route passes through rural communities, old market towns and grand estates on its way to the bright lights of Dublin.The small typical 'one street' village of Clonegal is an apt starting place for this walk into the remote and beautiful Wicklow Mountains. It is a route that remains mainly in the countryside making the short detours necessary to find a comfortable bed for the night. A couple of fairly long but gentle days introduce you to the Newry forest and over high points of Moylisha and Stookeen Hill to the 17th century village of Shillelagh and then on to the beautiful village of Tinahely. Quiet roads, forest trails and open mountainsides, with views back towards Clonegal and across the neighbouring counties of Carlow and Wexford, lead to Moyne and on to the most dramatic stages of the walk. A magnificent day's walk includes the spectacular Ow valley that passes below Wicklow's highest mountain, Lugnaquilla (925m), and along the 16km long glaciated Glenmalure Valley. This walk ends at the scattering of houses and splendid inn that make up Glenmalure hamlet. If climbing out of the Glenmalure Valley doesn't literally take your breath away then the fantastic views and the Glenmalure Waterfall probably will. Cross Mullacor Mountain and walk into Glendalough, 'the valley of two lakes' and site of a monastic settlement (from the 6th to the 13th century) for a little sightseeing. A short vehicle transfer gets you on the road to Roundwood, which claims to be Ireland's highest village. The Penultimate day's walk to the charming village of Enniskerry is a mini classic with views of Lough Dan and Lough Tay. At the head of the valley is the Guinness family estate and later in the day enjoy views of Powerscourt Waterfall, the longest in the country. The last walk goes over Prince William's Seat for views across the city of Dublin, now in striking distance for some afternoon sightseeing and a lively evening in the city centre or one of its many fine restaurants.

Suitability

This tour is suitable for those who have had some experience of walking and are in good general physical condition. There are ascents and descents on stepped trails, although most days are not too long, some people will find this tiring in warm weather (grade 3).

Itinerary

From Dublin, take the bus to Bunclody,where you overnight. Accommodation: We use a range of B&B accommodation mostly with ensuite rooms.

Meals:  Nil

Your accommodation hosts will transfer you to Clonegal to commence your first walk which takes you along some country roads through Newry Forest, over Moylisha and Stookeen Hill down into the town land of Mungaculin. Your accommodation for the night will be in the 17th century village of Shillelagh.

Meals:  B

Your journey from Shillelagh is on some quiet country roads. On your way you will pass St. Finian's Church. Tinahely is a little village on the banks of the river Derry and was destroyed in the 1798 rebellion. It was subsequently rebuilt and found a new lease of life with the coming of the railway in 1865, it is now a very beautiful village.

Meals:  B

This section of the Wicklow Way takes in some fantastic views of the adjoining counties like 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 in Moyne.

Meals:  B

A very beautiful section of the Wicklow Way, that winds you through forest trails and into two spectacular valleys, the Ow Valley and the Glenmalure Valley. The Ow Valley lies at the base of Wicklow's largest Mountain; Lugnaquilla standing at 925m. The Glenmalure Valley is Ireland's longest glacier valley that stretches for over 16km, this peaceful valley will be the perfect place for you to spend the night.

Meals:  B

The trail takes you steadily up out of the valley and as you climb, the beauty of the surrounding countryside and the famous Glenmalure Waterfall will simply take your breath away. The trail crosses the side of Mullacor Mountain and into the valley of Glendalough the valley of two lakes. Glendalough is famous for its 6th Century Monastic Settlement, which you will be able to visit on your way.

Meals:  B

From Glendalough/Laragh short transfer to Roundwood (the highest village in Ireland) and walk to Enniskerry. One of the longest walks but a classic, it takes in views of Guinness Estate, Lough Dan and Lough Tay, crosses over Djouce Mountain and alongside the Powerscourt Estate. Your day ends in the picturesque village of Enniskerry, which is situated on the doorstep of Dublin.

Meals:  B

The last section takes you over Prince William's Seat where you will have stunning views over most of Dublin City, the Irish Sea and your final views back into the Wicklow Hills. Your trip finishes on a splendid trail that leads you into Marlay Park

Meals:  B

After a hearty breakfast you can take a bus from just outside of your accommodation for the 45-minute journey back to Dublin City or the airport.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 8 breakfasts
  • 8 nights accommodation in guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Emergency hotline

What's Not Included

  • Dinner, lunch & beverages
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip

Upcoming Travel Dates

AT A GLANCE

Duration:9 Days
Countries:Ireland
Starting Point:Bunclody
Finishing Point:Marlay Park Dublin
Activities:Self-Guided Walking
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:JIW
Prices From:GBP£860 Per Person
single supplement:GBP£250  Click for more information
Single Supplement:GBP£250  Click for more information