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 longest established hiking trail is 127km long and ascends some 3,000 meters along its journey. The 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 breathtaking views over Lough Tay and Lough Dan, looking down on the highest waterfall in the country and Glendalough, the fifth century monastic city situated in the most beautiful valley in the Ireland.
Our Self Guided Walking Holidays
Wonderful Ireland looks 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 and bring you to your first night's guesthouse in Wicklow. Through years of experience we have selected the best places to stay along the Wicklow Way. Each day we also transport you luggage between the guesthouses. A full Irish breakfast is provided each morning in addition to a packed lunch. On you final day we will meet you at your guesthouse and bring you to Rathdrum or Carlow train station where you can catch the direct train back to Dublin. We also supply you with the best walking notes, maps and guidebooks to make sure you get the most from your visit and have all your questions answered. On evenings where there is no restaurant nearby we also provide an evening meal. Also supplied is a mobile 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. Click Here for photos of the Wicklow Way
Our holidays range from four to nine days and you can view an itinerary of each walking tour here or by clicking on the photograph links on the right. Four Days Walking, Five Days Walking, Six Days Walking, A Week's Walking, The Entire Wicklow Way.
Distances and Ascents
1. Marley Park to Enniskerry (22km, 600m ascent)
2. Enniskerry to Roundwood (19km, 600m ascent)
3. Roundwood to Glendalough (10km, 250m ascent)
4. Glendalough to Glenmalure (14km, 450m ascent)
5. Glenmalure to Moyne (21km, 500m ascent)
6. Moyne to Tallons (18km, 200m ascent)
7. Tallons to Clonegal (26km, 250m ascent)
Hiking the Wicklow Way
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. Click here for map of Enniskerry to Glendalough (280kb File)
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 Tinahealy, it meanders round lush farmlands before finishing in the picturesque village of Clonegal. Click here for map of Glendalough to Tinahely, (205kb File)
Walking even a few days of the way will give you a great sense of achievement
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.