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Wicklow Way – 9 Day
3 - Ireland, Wicklow Way | Self-Guided Walking Tours | 9 Days | £656
The Wicklow Way is Ireland’s Oldest Way marked Trail. The Wicklow Way travels from Clonegal in the south to Marley Park in the north. (The trail can easily be reversed to north to south). Starting on the gentle slopes in the south, The Wicklow Way crosses a number of mountainous valleys to its end in Marley Park in the southern suburbs of Dublin City.
The highlight of the Wicklow Way is the 6th Century BC monastic city of Glendalough.
Tour Pricing & Dates
9 Day Tour – £656 per person sharing
Single Supplement – +£250
Tour Dates – Available March to October
Tour Grade – Difficult
Accommodation – Guesthouse (en suite)
Day 1 Arrival in Bunclody
Travel by public transport to Bunclody and the start of your Wicklow Way Self-Guided Tour. Nestled by the banks of the River Slaney, Bunclody is the perfect place to start your hiking tour.
Day 2 Clonegal to Shillelagh
On day two, your first day of walking the Wicklow Way the trail takes you along some country roads through Newry forest, over Moilishe and Stookeen Hill down into the town land of Mungaculin. Your accommodation for the night will be in the 17th century village of Shillelagh. Which is famous for giving its name to the classic Irish stick cut from the hawthorn tree, “The Shillelagh”. Distance: 23 km, Ascent: 122 m Approximate walking time: 6,5 hrs
Day 3 Shillelagh to Moyne
Today you will leave Shillelagh and travel through Reheenakit Forest and through the townlands of Mullinacuff and Stranakelly over gentle hills on roads and pathways, all the while meandering among the hedgerows and wild flower. Distance 21km, Ascent: 500m Approximate walking time; 7 hrs
Day 4 Overnight Glenmalure
This 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; Lugnaquillia standing at 925 m. The Glenmalure Valley is Ireland’s longest glacier valley that stretches for over 16 km, this peaceful valley will be the perfect place for you to spend the night. Distance: 21 km, Ascent: 230 m Approximate walking time: 6 hrs
Day 5 Glenmalure to Glendalough
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. Distance: 14 km, Ascent: 450 m Approximate walking time: 4 hrs
Day 6 Glendalough to Roundwood
This is a short day but a rewarding one; taking in some fantastic scenery and finishing in the highest village in Ireland, Roundwood at 260M. We will give you the choice to extend your walk by taking in Scarr Mountain, or staying down low and doing an optional walk around one of the Roundwood Reservoirs, which supplies water to part of Dublin. Distance: 12 km, Ascent: 250 m Approximate walking time: 3,5 hrs
Day 7 Roundwood to Enniskerry
This is a classic walk taking in views of, Lough Dan and Lough Tay. This is also the original home of the Guinness Family and their residence is still to be seen at the top of the valley. You will cross over the side of Djouce Mountain and alongside the Powerscourt Estate, where you will have some fantastic views over Powerscourt Waterfall, Ireland’s longest waterfall. Your second last night is spent in one of Wicklow’s most charming villages, Enniskerry. Distance: 18 km, Ascent: 600 m Approximate walking time: 5 hrs
Day 8 Enniskerry to Marlay Park
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. Distance: 17 km, Ascent: 150 m Approximate walking time: 5
Day 9 Tour Ends
From your accommodation you can make an easy transfer to Dublin City Centre where we can organise an extra night or two for you to relax and unwind.
✓ 8 nights B&B
✓ All accommodation is pre-booked in approved family-run guesthouses with all rooms en-suite
✓ Luggage transfers while you walk with a small day pack
✓ Maps and All Route Notes
✓ Details of restaurants and places of interest along the way
✓ All information on trains or buses needed to get to your first accommodation and back at the end of the tour
✓ Full back up service should you require it while on our tour