The western part of Ireland has most generally received the greatest acclaim but just to the south of Dublin lie the Wicklow Mountains, a range of heather-clad hills and lush, green vegetation that has provided the county of Wicklow with the nickname of the Garden of Ireland.
For a small country, Ireland’s countryside has many facets. The western part of Ireland has most generally received the greatest acclaim but just to the south of Dublin lie the Wicklow Mountains, a range of heather-clad hills and lush, green vegetation that has provided the county of Wicklow with the nickname of the Garden of Ireland.
They form the largest upland area in the country, an area of wonderfully rocky foothills, switching from glen to glen through dramatic mountain scenery. Rounded domes of granite are incised by steep lake-filled valleys such as Glendalough and Luggala. It is also an area of charming villages – Enniskerry is generally considered to be one of the prettiest in Ireland. Nearby are the world renowned gardens of Powerscourt and the highest waterfall in the land. Glendalough is noted for the extensive ruins of the 6th century Irish monastery of St. Kevin.
This walk follows the best parts of the Wicklow Way. The walking is not difficult and some of the walks can be lengthened or shortened according to your wishes.
£565 per person based on two people sharing. Single supplement on request
The tours starts in the village of Tinahely.
From Dublin you are recommended to take the scenic train route to Rathdrum. From Rathdrum it is a short transfer to your first accommodation, which is in the village of Tinahely.
Tinahely to Metal Bridge.
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.
15 kms/9.4 miles. Height Gain: 540m
The Ow Valley to Glenmalure.
This section is mainly on forest track and country road. Not a difficult walk with options to shorten or lengthen the walk.
14 kms/10 miles. Height Gain: 520m
Glenmalure to Glendalough.
A superb walk with breathtaking views of the Glenmalure Valley, the Lakes of Glendalough and its 6th Century Monastic City.
14 kms./10 miles. Height Gain: 450m
Rest day with options to do a section off the trail or visit Glendalough.
Glendalough to Roundwood. The walk today is easy with an option to extend it by an extra 7Km. Roundwood is the highest village in Ireland.
10 kms/6.25 miles. Height gain: 250m
Roundwood to Enniskerry.
A classic walk, which takes in views of Guinness Estate, Lough Dan and Lough Tay, crosses over Djouce Mountain and alongside the Powerscourt Estate.
18 kms/11.25 miles. Height Gain: 600m
B+B accommodation in guesthouses in rooms with ensuite facilities.
Dublin is the nearest airport – scenic train journey from Dublin (about an hour). Good local bus from Enniskerry back to Dublin.
Sturdy walking boots and walking socks (with a change of socks in rucksack), rucksack/day pack, 1 x water bottle with 1 litre capacity, insect repellent, sun glasses, sun hat, sun block/cream, compass, torch, first-aid kit
Mid-April to mid-September. Accommodation will be difficult to obtain on UK national holidays unless booked well in advance (and may require an alteration to the programme).
We recommend that you take out appropriate holiday insurance covering you against illness, injury, and loss or damage to luggage. This insurance should also cover the possibility of your having to cancel your holiday for whatever reason.