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Walking holiday on Wicklow Way in Ireland

Detailed Itinerary for
Walking Holiday in Ireland on
The Wicklow Way
between Clonegal and Marley Park

Walking holiday on Wicklow Way in Ireland
The Wicklow Way is a way-marked walking route through the heather clad Wicklow Mountains National Park from Clonegal to Marley Park, via Shillelagh, Glendalough with it's Monastic City and cathedral, round tower and lakes, the Guinness Estate, the stunning gardens and waterfalls at Powerscourt and the charming village of Enniskerry.
You end, or start, your walking tour at Ireland's capital city of Dublin.
The Wicklow Way hiking trail begins at Clonegal and is an 82 mile hiking tour through Ireland's stunning Wicklow Mountains. Our total mileage of 96 miles includes walking distances to accommodations.

Wicklow is known as the Garden of Ireland and provides some of the best mixture of landscape Ireland has to offer, with a great selection of Irish pubs and bars along the way.

The Wicklow Way hiking trail is one of Ireland's national walking routes, along with the Kerry Way and the Dingle Way, and was devised by Dubliner J.B Walker in 1966.
Walking holiday on Wicklow Way in Ireland Online Booking Available
Suggested Tour Duration:
8 days walking
9 nights
Total Distance:
96 miles / 155 kms
Min/max daily distance:
7/16.5 miles
Average Daily distance:
12 miles
Grading:
moderate to strenuous
Features:

Shillelagh
Glenmalure Waterfall
Monastic City of Glandalough
Powerscourt Waterfall
Day 1: Arrive at Bunclody
To start your walking holiday on the Wicklow Way you arrive at the village of Bunclody for your overnight stay. Bunclody is served by a bus service from Dublin.
Wicklow Way walking holiday in Ireland
Wicklow Way walking holiday in Ireland Day 2: Bunclody or Clonegal to Shillelagh                      15.5 miles/25kms
The day starts with a short transfer or walk to Clonegal, the starting point of The Wicklow Way, surrounded by rolling farmland and forests. The 17th century village of Shillelagh makes a good overnight stop with its pubs. Famous for giving its name to irish Hawthorn stick "The Shillelagh".
Day 3: Shillelagh to Tinahely                      11.5 miles/18.5kms
Hiking on from Shillelagh the trail passes the church of St Finian. This holy man is credited with bringing Christianity to the Wicklow area. Your overnight stay is at the town of Tinahely on the banks of the River Derry. This lovely village was rebuilt in 1860s after being destroyed in the rebellion of 1798.
Wicklow Way walking holiday in Ireland
Wicklow Way walking holiday in Ireland Day 4: Tinahely to Moyne                            8 miles/13kms
Walking on from Tinahely the trail enters forest tracks before emerging on to open mountainside. The trail offers great views back towards the south and over the two Irish counties of Carlow and Wicklow. The overnight stop is at Moyne and is reached via an old ring fort.
Day 5: Moyne to Glenmalure                       15 miles/24kms
Today's walking is very varied with forest trails through the beautiful valley of the River Ow, at the bottom of Lugnaquillia the tallest of the Wicklow mountains at 925m/1039ft. You finish today's walk along Ireland's longest glacial valley stretching over 10 miles/16 kms, The Glenmalure Valley. You stay overnight a the small village of Glenmalure .
Wicklow Way walking holiday in Ireland
Wicklow Way walking holiday in Ireland Day 6: Glenmalure to Glendalough                9 miles/14.5km
You are now in the heart of The Wicklow Mountains. The Wicklow Way hiking trail passes the stunning Glenmalure Waterfall and the edge of Mullacor Mountain before entering the Valley of Glandalough with its two lakes and 6th century Monastic City of Glandalough. This is one of The Wicklow Way's highlights and worth spending some time exploring.
Day 7: Glendalough to Roundwood            7 miles/11kms
A slightly shorter walking day today allowing time to explore Ireland's highest village of Roundwood at 260m/780ft and perhaps soak up the atmosphere in a traditional Irish pub. Optional walks up Scarr Mountain or round Roundwoods Reservoirs can be included for the restless.
Wicklow Way walking holiday in Ireland
Wicklow Way walking holiday in Ireland Day 8: Roundwood to Enniskerry                 16.5 miles/26.5kms
Today's walking is another highlight of The Wicklow Way with stunning views of Lough Dan and Lough Tay. This area has been used to film some of the most popular films made in Ireland: "Brave Heart" and "King Arthur" to name a couple. You hike past the original home of the Guinness family, the Powerscourt estate, which offers great views of Ireland's longest waterfall, Powerscourt. You stay overnight at Enniskerry, one of the most beautiful villages in all the Wicklow Mountains.
Day 9: Enniskerry to Marlay Park/Dublin     13.5 miles/22kms
Today's walking is another highlight of The Wicklow Way, with stunning views over the captail city of Dublin from Prince William's Seat. The views over towards the Irish Sea and back towards The Wicklow Mountains add to the sense of achievement as you end your hiking tour in the city of Dublin.
Wicklow Way walking holiday in Ireland
Wicklow Way walking holiday in Ireland Optional Day: in Dublin
Spend an extra day in Dublin....
there is so much to see!

This is a popular Irish walking tour, so we have carefully selected comfortable accommodation to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing.

Day 10: Depart after breakfast
or spend some time exploring Dublin.

What's included
in your Irish walking holiday
on The Wicklow Way

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • transfers as specified
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • OS maps and detailed itineraries
  • Guide book to Wicklow Way
You can walk this hiking tour over 8 days at about 12 miles per day. Our mileages include walking distances to accommodations.
This Irish walking holiday operates March to October and in either direction.
Short walking breaks are also available, with 2 or 3 days walking. Just select the part of the path you want to walk.

These distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of Ireland or the UK.
This walk can be combined with
The Kerry Way or The Dingle Way or The Ulster Way
to explore more of Ireland.

Online booking available. A deposit of £55 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.

Optional Extras
for your Irish Walking Holiday
on The Wicklow Way

  • upgrade to the region's most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
Wicklow Way 10 day itinerary:
8 days walking and 9 nights accommodation
£747pp
dbl/twin
£972pp
single occ
£1,026pp
solo traveller
Book Wicklow Way walking holiday online now
All prices subject to change
Extra night in Dublin
from £60 per person per night
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How to get there
By Plane to Dublin where we can arrange transfer to Bunclody
By Car to Bunclody where parking is available
By Train / Bus to Bunclody
By Ferry to Dublin where we can arrange transfer to Bunclody
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