Wicklow is the largest mountainous region in Ireland and lies south of the capital, Dublin. The region offers some of the best walking in Ireland. The Wicklow Way, Ireland’s oldest long distance hiking trail is 127km (81 miles) and ascends some 3,200 meters (10,500 feet) along its entire journey. The Wicklow Way can be walked in sections over a few days or with a week or more it can be walked in its entirety.
Highlights include Powerscourt House and Gardens, Enniskerry Village and breathtaking views over Lough Tay and Lough Dan. The Wicklow Way also includes the highest waterfall in Ireland and the valleys of Glendalough and Glenmalure. In Glendalough, a 5th century monastic city is situated in the one of the most beautiful valleys in Ireland while Glenmalure is the longest glacial valley in Ireland.
We look after all the aspects of your walking holiday so that you can relax and take in the beauty of the countryside around you. We will meet you at Dublin airport or Dublin city centre and bring you to your first guesthouse in Wicklow. Through years of experience we have selected the best places to stay along the Wicklow Way.
Each day we transport you luggage between your guesthouses. A full Irish breakfast is provided each morning in addition to a packed lunch for each day’s hike. On your final day we will meet you at your guesthouse and bring you to Rathdrum train station (or Bunclody Bus Station on the nine day holiday) where you can catch the direct train back to Dublin .
We also supply you with the most up to date waterproof walking notes, detailed maps and guidebooks to make sure you get the most from your visit. On the nine day walking holiday at Moyne and Stranakelly Cross there is no restaurant nearby so we provide an evening meal. Also supplied is a cell phone that has the best coverage in the Wicklow Mountains and we are only a phone call away should you require backup or support during your trek. We can also supply you with use of complimentary hiking poles if required.
The Wicklow Way begins in Marley Park at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains and quickly climbs into the granite mountains and sheltered glens of north Wicklow.The trail runs along a ridge above Ireland’s tallest waterfall and passing along the heather clad shoulder of Djouce reaches its highest point of 630m at White Hill.
Soon after the way overlooks the Lakes of Lough Dan and Lough Tay and passes close to the Roundwood, the highest village in Ireland. Continuing south it arrives at the Monastic Settlement of Glendalough, situated in one of most beautiful valleys in Ireland.After the waterfalls and oak woodlands of the national park, it climbs the shoulder of Mullacor mountain descending into the Glenmalure Valley, the largest glacial valley in the British isles.
After crossing the Ow river it approaches the rolling hills of Ballygobban, Sheilstown, Ballycumber and Garryhoe.Beyond Tinahely, it meanders round lush farmlands before finishing in the picturesque village of Clonegal. Click here to see map of Glendalough to Tinahely.
Wildlife along the Wicklow Way
Many animals call Wicklow home including deer, hare, goat, red squirrel, badger, fox and rabbit. Oak, beech, larch, chestnut and elder trees can be seen throughout the uplands. The county is home to many birds including ravens, merlins, and peregrine falcons. Smaller birds include the robin, skylark and thrush as well as the red grouse which breeds in the heather clad areas of the mountains. Hedgerows along the way support a rich variety of flora including hawthorn and blackthorn which encourage climbers such as honeysuckle and clematis while wild flowers such as wild violet, purple foxglove and yellow primrose abound.