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Wicklow Mountains Short Break
3 - Ireland, Wicklow Way | Walking Short Breaks | 4 Days | £249
County Wicklow “The Garden of Ireland” is renowned worldwide for its charming beauty. Wicklow is a walkers paradise and is home to the Wicklow Way, Ireland’s oldest waymarked walking trail.
This popular guided walking holiday takes you through Ireland’s largest National Park, covering 90,000ha in central Wicklow. Wicklow Mountains National Park manages and protects some of Europe’s oldest bog lands, heather covered mountains, broad-leafed and coniferous woodlands. The Wicklow Mountains offers a vast diversity of scenery; from woodlands and rolling hills to lush green valleys, streams and lakes. The area provides habitat for native species including sika and red hybrid deer, foxes, badgers, hares and birds of prey.
Central to the area is Glendalough, the famous and globally important monastic settlement where we will walk in the footsteps of St. Kevin. The settlement grew for centuries after its foundation in the 6th century to become Ireland’s earliest proto-urban development and a European hub for education. The imposing round tower overlooks a scene of exceptional natural beauty. Glendalough, meaning a valley of two lakes (Gleann Da Loch) possesses contemplative ambience and is a landscape imbued with the spirituality of its illustrious past.
Tour Pricing & Dates
4 Day Short Break – £249 per person sharing
Single Supplement – +£90
Tour Dates 2019 – 11th to 14th July – Contact us for private tour dates
Tour Grade – Easy-Moderate
Accommodation – Guesthouse (en suite)
Day 1: Depart For Wicklow
Departing Castlewellan in the morning with pick-ups stops in Belfast, Lisburn (Sprucefield), Banbridge and Newry, we will travel to the Wicklow Mountains. For our walk on Day 1 we will enjoy a walk along the coast from Greystones to Bray. We will pass the remains of a cottage whose residents used to collect a toll from users of the Cliff Walk on behalf of the Brabazon family who owned the land. The rocky crags of Bray Head are home to millions of birds and the inaccessible coves along the coast are breeding sites for grey seals. There is also a huge variety of flora along the trail including species of orchid found in the dry grass. Afterwards, we will travel to our overnight accommodation in Glendalough. Distance: 8 km / 5 miles, Ascent: 80 m / 240 ft.
Day 2: Glendalough & The Spinc
Our walk today takes us out from the hotel and back into the history of time with a visit to the 6th century Monastic City, unfortunately now in ruins but was once the hub of learning in Europe. “Gleann Dá Locha” translates to “The valley of the two lakes”. It was in this haven of peace and tranquillity that St. Kevin founded his monastery so many years ago. From here our walk takes us past the two lakes and up to the Miner’s Village, which is situated at the head of the valley. After a short talk on the history of mining in Glendalough we will proceed up into an area known as Van Diemen’s Land, over the Glenealo River and onto the Spinc. From here the views back into the valley and surrounding countryside are simply breathtaking. From here our walk continues through Lugduff Forest, past Pollanass Waterfall and back to the Glendalough Hotel for some well-earned refreshments. Distance: 11.4 km/7 miles, Ascent: 410 m/1230 ft
Day 3: Trooperstown & The Two Glens
This walk is one of Wicklow’s best-kept secrets. It offers you a stunning array of natural beauty, made up of mixed woodlands, quiet country roads, open mountainside, rivers and streams. It’s a walk to suit all tastes and abilities. We will start on what is known locally as “the Green Road”. This very old road takes us to Ballard Forest and onto the town land of Ballard (Baile-ard), translated into English as ‘High Town or Village’. This area was densely populated prior to the Great Famine of 1845-1849 and clear evidence of the small fields and potato furrows can still be seen to this day. From here our walk takes us onto Trooperstown Hill, where on a clear day it is possible to see almost all the peaks in the Wicklow Mountain range. And if luck is on our side, we can see as far away as the Snowdonia Mountains National Park in Wales. Our way travels down through Trooperstown Forest, over the Avonmore River and onto the side of Paddock Hill, where we will join the Wicklow Way. This scenic trail will lead us to the valley of Glenmacnass and back into our own valley of Glendalough. Distance: 12 km/7.5 miles, Ascent: 430 m / 1290 ft
Day 4: Departure
After a relaxing morning we will depart Glendalough before lunch for our return journey home
✓ 3 nights B&B
✓ 2 Packed Lunches
✓ 3 Guided Walks
X Evening Meals
X Lunch on Day 1 and Day 4