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SIX DAYS ALONG THE WICKLOW WAY- TO GLENMALURE AND THE LAKES

 

Independent Hiking along the Wicklow Way

              Transport from airport and return to train station.

              Five nights accommodation in charming family run guesthouses.

              Full Irish breakfast each morning

              Packed lunch every day

              Full route descriptions, diagrams, guidebooks and maps provided.

              Luggage transported between guesthouses

              Back up support, as well as advice and recommendations

              Mobile phones provided with all contact numbers pre programmed.

              Carefully planned village to village itinerary

              Good choice of pubs and restaurants most evenings.

              Largest mountainous region in Ireland

              Stunning scenery and charming villages

              Optional trips and tours of Dublin available

 

Itinerary

Day One

We’ll meet you at Dublin airport and bring you down to Wicklow and your first night’s accommodation. Enniskerry is a charming little village and is home to Powerscourt House and Gardens, considered one of Europe’s finest house and gardens. A gentle walk to Knocksink forest should help warm you up for the first stage of the Wicklow Way tomorrow. There is a good choice of pubs and restaurants in the village.

Day Two (19km, 600m ascent)

The following day begins the Wicklow way proper. Today’s walk will delight the senses with breathtaking views of North Wicklow. Ascending over Crone Mountain you descend into the “secret valley” before skirting Djouce and White Hill with its delightful views over Lough Tay. Tonight we stay near Roundwood, a charming village with a great selection of places to eat and drink. Today’s walk should take about five hours including stops 

Day Three (10km, 250m ascent)

After breakfast you begin to make your way towards Glendalough.  After an hour from your guesthouse we start to ascend Paddock Hill and are treated to a stunning view over Laragh and towards Glendalough. Traversing the base of Brockagh we arrive in Glendalough. Our accommodation here tonight is uniquely located. It is very peaceful and you really feel in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains. Glendalough has an upper and lower lake and the upper lake has a spiritual quality that is appreciated by many visitors. The walk from Roundwood takes about 3 hours leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy the scenic surroundings, the visitors centre, take a stroll along the lower lake or head up to Laragh's craft shops and great pub. There are plenty of places to dine in the area.

Day Four (17km, 350m ascent)

Glendalough is the jewel of wicklow and today’s walk lets us take in all its majesty. This circular route allows you to enjoy dramatic views of the whole valley as it winds its way through the national park.  You spend tonight in Glendalough.

Day Five (14km, 450m ascent)

You can give yourself more time to explore the valley before pushing on to Glenmalure, the destination for day four.  Glenmalure valley is about 4 hours walk from Glendalough. Ascending from the Upper Lake each step rewards you with tremendous views. Looking back you really sense the beauty of the Wicklow Mountains. Our climb takes us along Derrybawn and on up to Mullacor, before descending into the forest that surrounds the Glenmalure valley. Glenmalure is perfectly isolated and a great place to star gaze in absolute quiet on a clear night.

Day Six (optional 9km, 300m ascent)

Take your time after breakfast to further explore the Glenmalure Valley. We have designed a short half day walk starting at the guesthouse. Whenever you wish, we will come and collect you and bring you to Rathdrum train station where you can take the train north back towards Dublin or south towards Rosslare or Wexford. 

Booking and Rates

The price for the trip is 585 Euros per person based on two people sharing. There is a single supplement of 145 Euros for those requiring a single room throughout the trip. Bookings can be made for any dates (subject to availability) and individuals, couples or groups can be accommodated. Transport on arrival from Dublin City or Airport is included. Please contact Wonderful Ireland for details.

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